ITUC // Trade Union Development Projects Directory

For trade unions, development cooperation is a part of our commitment to fight poverty, promote sustainable social development and improve working and living conditions for all.


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The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) was launched in December 1985 after four years of unity talks between unions opposed to apartheid and committed to a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa currently having more than two million workers.

Our main broad strategic objectives have always been:
To improve material conditions of our members and of the working people as a whole.
To organise the unorganised
To ensure worker participation in the struggle for peace and democracy Principles