ABOUT LRS

Background

The Labour Research Service (LRS) was established in 1986 as a non-profit labour service organisation. The LRS specialises in research, dialogue-building, and developmental projects with the broad aim of strengthening civil society and a particular focus on the world of the work.

Vision

The vision of the LRS is to work towards an egalitarian society, which treats all people with dignity and respect. All shall have equal access to the political, legislative and economic resources and activities of society.

Mission

To promote and enhance the full and active participation of working women and men in the political and socio-economic activities in South Africa. We do this through developing organisational and leadership capacity of trade unions and labour-focused social organisations to enable collective bargaining on incomes and social livelihood issues.

Objectives

  • To promote the public image and interests of labour in a non-sectarian South African Society.
  • To contribute towards the development of an informed trade union constituency.
  • To contribute toward the development of a skilled trade union leadership.
  • To promote the development of women in trade unions
  • To strengthen trade union bargaining capacity so as to improve the living conditions of workers and their extended families.
  • To assist trade unions and their allied constituencies with policy formulation and alliance building.
  • To regularly evaluate and assess the role of trade unions in society.
  • To encourage inter-union solidarity and alliances between unions, NGOs, social movements and campaign groups.
  • To ensure organisational sustainability for LRS.

Board of Directors

Duffy, S. S. (SACCAWU); Ngcobo, B. (NUM); Chitja, C. (CEPPWAWU); Elsley, T.H. (LRS); Syms, N. (SATAWU); Siyana, N. (NUMSA); Slingsby, G. (NEHAWU)

Member Unions    
Name
Acronym 
Membership
Chemical, Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Workers Union
CEPPWAWU 80 681
Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa
DENOSA
80 000
Food and Allied Workers Union
FAWU 127 000
Health and Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa
HOSPERSA 66 721
Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union
IMATU

72 246

Metal Electrical Workers Union of South Africa
MEWUSA 17 180
National Education, Health and Allied workers Union
NEHAWU 276 486
National Union of Mineworkers
NUM 270 649
National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa
NUMSA
320 000
South African Commercial Catering and Allied Workers Union
SACCAWU 150 000
South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union
SADSAWU
7 200
South African Democratic Teachers Union
SADTU 253 039
South African Municipal Workers Union
SAMWU 161 490
South African Transport and Allied workers Union
SATAWU 170 000
Transport Omnibus Workers Union
TOWU
3 000
Totals
15 Unions
2 055 692

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