NAPTOSA was registered by the Registrar of Labour Relations as a Trade Union on 1 November 2006 and is the second largest union in the education sector.

Any education sector employee in the Republic of South Africa is eligible for membership of the Union, whether employed in terms of the Employment of Educators Act,1998; the Public Service Act, 1994; by a School Governing Body or by a private school.

NAPTOSA enjoys all the rights of a trade union and is a party to the Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) where salaries and conditions of service of general application for the whole public service are negotiated (e.g. general salary increases, pensions, medical assistance, housing, etc.), as well as the Education Labour Relations Council (ELRC) where matters specific to the education sector are negotiated. In the latter, NAPTOSA, together with SAOU, NATU, PEU, PSA and HOSPERSA, operate under the name of the Combined Trade Union of Autonomous Teachers’ Unions (CTU-ATU).

NAPTOSA’s aim and purpose is to provide a member-centered, efficient and professional service to its members through a corps of more than 80 employees across the country.

NAPTOSA provides an effective communications service to members, offers cutting-edge Professional Development Programmes; employs professional staff to deal with members’ queries and labour matters and has a wide range of structures and forums(Branches, Portfolio Committees, Phase and Principals’ Forums, Conferences etc.) for members to participate in. The union has a dedicated desk at national level to deal with the LSEN and TVET College sectors.

NAPTOSA prides itself on 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 diversity 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!