NAPTOSA was registered by the Registrar of Labour Relations as a Trade Union on 1 November 2006. Furthermore, with in excess of 50,000 State employed members and a further 6,000 School Governing Body, College Council and Independent School members, making a total of 56,000 members, (in 2013) we are by far the second largest union in the education sector.
We enjoy all the rights of a trade union in this sector and operate in the ELRC under the name of the Combined Trade Unions (CTU), called CTU – ATU . The Autonomous Teachers’ Unions (ATU) consist of HOSPERSA, NAPTOSA, NATU, PEU, PSA and SAOU.
The services that members receive from NAPTOSA are as good if not better than that which they received previously. There are more than 80 employees of the Union across the country whose sole aim and purpose is to serve our members. We have improved, and increased the frequency of our communications; offer cutting-edge Professional Development Programmes; increased the number of staff to deal with members queries and grievances; provide a wide range of structures and forums for members to air their views (Branches, Portfolio Committees, Phase and Principals’ Forums, Conferences etc). The LSEN and TVET College sectors are served by a National Unit situated in the NAPTOSA Gauteng offices with former SAUVSE staff making up its backbone and with the full professional and administrative support of all staff.
NAPTOSA rejoices in the fact that it is the only education sector union that is truly representative of the demographics of our country. Our strength lies in the diverse backgrounds of our members. We are bound by a common commitment to professionalism and to educating the youth of South Africa.
If we stand accused of being inclusive then we are happy to plead guilty!