Declaration of the 14th National Congress of COSATU

We, the 1854 delegates to the 14th National Congress of COSATU, representing over 1.5 million members from across different sectors of the economy, gathered in Midrand on the 26th – 29th September 2022. The Congress is held under the theme; “Build working class unity for economic liberation towards socialism”, which has been the focus of our deliberations over the past four days and the build up period to this Congress. Download

Declaration of the 13th National Congress of COSATU

Held from 17th – 20th September 2018

We the 2500 proud delegates of COSATU unions coming from across the length and breadth of our country, covering all sectors of the economy , including delegates from our alliance partners ANC , SACP and SANCO and international organisations and  friends of COSATU  have met for four days at Gallagher Estate, Midrand in the 13th National Congress of our glorious federation COSATU under the theme ““Deepen the Back to Basic Campaign, Consolidate the Struggle for the National Democratic Revolution and Advance the Struggle for Socialism”. Download

Declaration of the 12th National Congress of COSATU

Held from 23rd – 26th November 2015 at Gallagher Estate, Midrand

We, the more than 2,500 voting delegates to this 12th National Congress of COSATU gathered in Midrand, Johannesburg and celebrating our unbroken 30 fighting years, declare for all our country and the world to know, that our trade unions are emerging from this congress under the banner of COSATU more united and determined to build our giant, militant and class-oriented federation for all the workers of our country and the struggles ahead.  Download

Declaration of the 12th Special National Congress of COSATU

14 August 2015

The Congress of South African Trade Unions held a historic Special National Congress from the 13th – 14th July 2015, at Gallagher Estate, Midrand, attended by 2477 delegates representing more than 1, 9 million members  Download


Declaration of the 11th National Congress of COSATU

We, the 3000 delegates representing 2.2 million workers, coming from the workplaces in every sector of the economy, from both big and small cities and rural areas, gathered at COSATU`s 11th National Congress, speaking with one unified voice, call on our members and all working people to support this Call to Action. The workers of our country have spoken, and COSATU, their organisation, has listened. We have confounded many predictions that we will devour our movement!   Download


Declaration of the 10th National Congress of COSATU

We the delegates, representing more than two million members across the spread of workplaces in South Africa:

1. Appreciate the opportunity as the current generation of trade unionists to take forward the vision, aims and objectives of our forbears. We rededicate ourselves to further strengthen COSATU and its affiliated unions; to build working class power in all sites of power; and to realize the objective of a living wage; better working and living conditions for workers and working class communities Download


Declaration of the 9th National Congress of COSATU

18-21 September 2006, Johannesburg

We delegates, gathered at our Ninth National Congress, representing 1.8 million members, hereby declare to the country and the world:

COSATU has now concluded two decades of existence and is moving towards its 30th anniversary in 2015. We are proud of this history of bold, principled, determined and steadfast struggles to improve the lot of the downtrodden masses of our people. We are deeply indebted to the pioneers who built the democratic trade union movement and the broader liberation movement and vow not to betray their vision, dreams and hopes. Download


Declaration of the 7th National Congress of COSATU

We, the 2 174 Delegates at the 7th National Congress of COSATU, women and men representing nineteen affiliated unions, with a total membership of 1 806 158 workers, adopt the following:

We are here more united, stronger, and more confident that the democratic trade union movement will play a central role in addressing the many challenges facing our country. Download