About Us


The UKSU Executive strives to uphold its motto at all times

“Advancing and defending the interest of UKZN staff”

Those members of UKSU that have been elected to serve as your Representative Committee (RepComm) 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 representatives in trust, to ensure your subscriptions are used in the best interest of UKSU members, the UKSU Constitution is upheld and that the RepComm is held to account in serving UKSU members.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal Staff Union (UKSU), began many years ago at the 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.

UKSU representatives serve on all committees and task teams and are regularly in attendance at these meetings. UKSU was represented when the unions and management developed the inaugural conditions of service for UKZN effective from the merger in 2004. UKSU also led the unions’ bargaining on the 2018 conditions of service.

In 2009, UKSU ‘officially’ received recognition to serve both the academic and professional services (support staff) sector.

UKSU serves and represents staff in all sectors of the University:

  • academic and professional services;
  • permanent and fixed term contract staff;
  • all levels of staff;
  • eternally funded staff.

It is obviously wise to be a union member. Like insurance, one never knows when it may be needed. Unionisation, though, is more than just ‘insurance’ for when trouble arrives at one’s doorstep. Unionisation is both about individual as well as collective issues. Membership of UKSU entitles members to be assisted / represented in any labour related matter, including but not limited to:

  • disputes;
  • disciplinary and grievance hearings;
  • engagement with line managers and human resources;
  • consultation on individual and collective matters;
  • collective bargaining (annual salary negotiations);
  • collective bargaining (conditions of service);
  • ensuring management uphold the law, policies and procedures.

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. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 regulations, the 2020 and 2021 AGM meetings had to be held by alternative means.

UKSU complies with all South African statutory requirements – it employs a registered auditing firm to carry out its annual audit and is registered as a trade union with the Department of Labour. 

The UKSU Representative Committee will continue to uphold member rights and values the loyalty of its membership.