The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) was established on 1 April 1997 by the amalgamation of two federations, namely Federation of South African Labour Unions (FEDSAL) and Federation of Organisations Representing Civil Employees (FORCE).

FEDUSA’s establishment is very closely related to the fact that a growing number of employees from all walks of life felt the need for a much stronger, party-politically independent, non-racial and stable trade union federation with unions who can advance the interests of employees and the economy of South Africa independently and responsibly.


ILO (The International Labour Organization)

The only tripartite UN agency, since 1919 the ILO brings together governments, employers and workers of 187 member States, to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men.


The Southern Africa Coordination Council (SATUCC) is a regional trade union organisation representing all major trade union federations in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

SATUCC was established in  March 1983 in Gaborone, Botswana soon after the formation of the Southern Africa Coordination Conference (SADCC) which later transformed into the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). The main idea was to:

  • form a strong regional trade union body that could play a role in the political liberation struggle; and
  • influence policy at the local level in favour of workers.

Today SATUCC and is the only formally recognised representative regional trade union confederation with a special status in the SADC.


The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) is the global voice of the world’s working people.

The ITUC’s primary mission is the promotion and defence of workers’ rights and interests, through international cooperation between trade unions, global campaigning and advocacy within the major global institutions.

Its main areas of activity include the following: trade union and human rights; economy, society and the workplace; equality and non-discrimination; and international solidarity.

The ITUC adheres to the principles of trade union democracy and independence. It is governed by four-yearly world congresses, a General Council and an Executive Bureau.