We put our money where our mouth is and give our members all the services and benefits that they would expect from a trade union, plus added extras.
The Trade Union UASA is registered at the Department of Labour as a trade union in accordance with the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995 as amended in 2002. In terms of the constitution of UASA, the National Executive Committee is the main decision making body in between National Congresses and as such, has the power to decide on terms and conditions governing membership of the union from time to time.
The main object of the Trade Union UASA is to look after the interest of its members and to foster a spirit of unison among workers in general.
● Legal assistance is provided in cases of members flowing from the execution of their duties. A number of legally qualified personnel who are in the full-time employment of UASA attend to these cases and subject to the merits of each case, external expert legal opinion and/or assistance may be obtained.
● Disciplinary/grievance assistance is provided to members who are either disciplinary charged/dismissed while on duty or who wish to lodge a grievance against a superior, by trained and experienced representatives at the union’s expense.
● The UASA membership card provides access to all UASA professional services and benefits. UASA membership is available to all workers in South Africa working for reward. Members who join can enjoy the benefits and services of UASA by paying a monthly membership fee.
The UASA Funeral Benefit covers the members and his/her spouse and four dependent children under 21 years of age. Sooner or later we have to deal with a loved one passing away. Besides the trauma and sadness associated with death, we are often not adequately prepared to meet the financial costs associated deat,we are often not adequately prepared to meet the financial costs associated with such an event. Each and every active UASA member in good standing, spouse and four dependent children automatically qualify for the standard UASA Funeral Benefit, subject to terms and conditions that may apply from time to time. Different membership types are entitled to different benefits. To avoid any misunderstanding or disappointment, the UASA claims department will clarify which benefits a member is entitled to.
With the UASA Maternity Leave benefit UASA acknowledges the wonderful contribution of women to society. More particularly, we give recognition to mothers giving birth to the most precious gift of all, a beautiful and healthy baby. Our recognition is by way of a maternity leave benefit of R 1 200, subject to terms and conditions as may be cecided upon by the National Executive Committee of UASA from time to time.
UASA Study Grant Scheme
In view of the skills shortage in our country which hampers economic growth, UASA took decisive action by introducing a Study Grant Scheme through which it will award a total of ten study grants annually. The purpose of the once off grant to qualifying members is to enable them or their children to further their studies. In view of the focus on skills shortage and economic growth, preference will be given to those who are busy with grade studies in B Com, B sc and Medical disciplines or those studying at a technical college in the field of e.g. engineering, manufacturing and mining. This intervention is part of UASA’s Social Investment strategy to make a meaningful contribution in respect of skills development in identified meritorious areas.
Grants will be awarded where students have successfully completed at least their first years’ study at an accredited learning institution and who can provide satisfactory proof of enrolment after the first semester of the following year.
Subject to the availability of funds, a total of ten (10) grants will be paid out per annum. Eight grants each worth R5000, 00 will be awarded to graduate students and two grants worth R2500, 00 each will be awarded to qualifying students at a technical college. The National Executive Committee of UASA retains the right to change the scheme in part or in total as and when it deems fit to do so without any prior notification.
Points will be awarded for the following criteria to determine successful applicants:
Advertisements will be placed in all official UASA modes of communication between January and March of each year, inviting all interested parties to apply for the study grants.
Closing date for applications shall be 1 April of each year and successful applicants will be announced on 1 May of each year.
The adjudication of applications will be done by the Main Office Bearers of UASA and they shall have the right to co-opt external experts.
The decision of the adjudicating panel shall be final and no correspondence shall be entered into regarding the merits of applications and/or the final outcome as decided by them.
At Marlicht, UASA’s own holiday flats in Margate, on the KZN South Coast, members can enjoy a well-earned rest and get 20% discount on accommodation. This benefit is subject to the terms and conditions that may be decided upon by the National Executive Committee of UASA from time to time.
UASA Lifestyle offers web-based discounts on a variety of products and services.