THE CORE BUSINESS OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN ABET EDUCATORS UNION
The South African ABET Educators Union (SAAEU) was officially registered on 26 September 2007 by group of Free State Educators in Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET) sector now called Community Education and Training (CET) sector who were not happy about their conditions of service. The union is affiliated to Federation of Union of South Africa (FEDUSA) which is the biggest non political affiliated federation in the country.
This union is integrally involved in initiatives to prevent disputes at public education sector more particularly in CET. This is achieved through the formation of sites, branches, regions and provincial structures.
The union also conducts various workshops to members to increase their awareness and understanding of sound labour relations procedures.
Disputes are resolved through active participation of the union in negotiations in all spheres of government. Members are also represented in labour disputes in the Education Labour Relation Council (ELRC), Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) and in the Labour Courts.
SAAEU is based on the following core principles:
• Worker control of the union;
• Worker leadership;
• Democratic decision making through mandates and report backs;
• Worker solidarity: An injury to one is an injury to all!
• International Solidarity
The union aims at the following:
• To strive for good working relations between the employer and the employees
• To better and improve conditions of services of educators in CET
• To oversee that the employer is complying with all the labour prescripts
• To fight against casualization in CET sector
• To represent members in labour cases
• To give labour related advices to members
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