Why you need to be a CWU member

Become part of the attainment of a better life for all and bridge the digital divide, be part of the well cared employees (through collective bargaining), assist in the realisation of the enforcement of job security and job retention strategies

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CWU organises in the following sectors

- Telecommunication and Broadcasting
- Media
- Postal and Courier Service
- Information Technology (IT)
- Call Centre Services

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So far we have achieved recognition agreements in Telkom South Africa, Telkom Directory Services, South African Post Office, Courier and Speed Services, Total Facilities Management Company, Independent Radio Stations, Independent Communication Authority of South Africa, and many others.

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Agreements reached with CWU

Agreements can be downloaded in pdf format. Some files are very large for download.

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The Communication Workers' Union of South Africa is the most progressive, militant and growing union in the communication industry, with a growing 18,662 members spread across most of the communication industry of South Africa. CWU is a very young trade union that was formed only on the 13th to 16th of May 1996. The CWU Consitution adopted in 2008 can be downloaded or read on line.


The Communication Workers Union (CWU) and Broadcast, Electronic Media and Allied Workers Union (BEMAWU) at the SABC are demanding that the Minister of Communications urgently order a proper investigation and decisive action into the allegations made by the Public Protector in her report titled “When governance and ethics fail” which has implicated members of the board, executives of the SABC and senior management in, inter alia, maladministration and abuse of power.


The Communication Workers Union (CWU) is perturbed by the current stand-off between regulatory body ICASA and mobile operators MTN over the latter’s application in the South Gauteng High Court to have ICASA’s Call Termination Regulations 2014 as published under the GN 65 in the Government Gazette 37295 of 4 February 2014 reviewed and set aside.To add salt to injury, MTN went ahead to sue ICASA for its decision to effect cuts to mobile termination rates and has now been joined by Vodacom in their lawsuit.

From the standpoint of the organized working class, CWU supports these latest regulations by ICASA as they stand to benefit the people of South Africa who are currently reeling from the high cost of communications. Our country has by comparison the highest cost of mobile phone rates on the African continent and ranks among the highest in the world. It is also disturbing to note that mobile termination rates in this country have been determined by commercial agreement whereby affordability and access by the public who are users has never been a consideration by both MTN and Vodacom.


The Communication Workers Union wishes to categorically distance itself from and dismiss the public statement issued by our KZN Provincial Secretary, Comrade Thami Mzileni, questioning the legitimacy of the Public Protector’s 

report on her investigation into the maladministration, corruption and the abuse of power at the South African Broadcasting Corporation. In trying to defend the man fingered in the Public Protector’s Report, the KZN Provincial Secretary goes out of line by attacking the credibility and integrity of the Public Protector and accuses her of advancing interests of the opposition DA.


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