The UKSU Executive strives to uphold its motto at all times
Those members of UKSU that have been elected to serve as your Executive approach their roles with integrity and passion at all times to ensure the rights of all UKZN staff. Being a member of UKSU means you hold your Executive in trust, to ensure your subscriptions are used in the best interest of UKSU members.
The University of KwaZulu-Natal Staff Union (UKSU), began many years ago at the erstwhile University of Natal. The merger necessitated a name change to its current name – the University of KwaZulu-Natal Staff Union, hence the short and well-known name, UKSU. Through the changes, the values have not changed and UKSU continues to uphold the values and goals of its membership.
The Recognition Agreement provides for a bargaining forum, the Joint Bargaining Forum (JBF) and a consultative forum, the Joint Consultative Forum (JCF).
JBF deals with issues that require bargaining, being salaries and conditions of service. The JBF meets as and when necessary. The annual salaries negotiations commence in October each year.
It is obviously wise to be a union member. It is like insurance, you never know when you may need it. However, it actually is more than just insurance when trouble arrives at your doorstep. The larger the membership the more management considers the union’s strength, thus it is through its membership that the union draws its strength. Apart from the strength of numbers, membership entitles members to receive assistance in any labour related matter – dispute / grievance / disciplinary action / annual salary negotiations / conditions of service negotiations / ensuring management uphold the conditions of service, to name a few.
UKSU sends out regular communication to its members and calls general meetings of staff when necessary to obtain mandates for negotiations and to provide information and updates. The AGM is held between April and June each year as the constitution requires this to be held within six months of the financial year end (December).
At the AGM members are usually provided with a gift and are always hosted with a meal and of course camaraderie is shared. Each year the membership is called on to nominate suitable members to serve their interests and those elected are confirmed at the AGM.