Solidarity is your partner, your older brother in the workplace, as it were – the one who has been protecting its members’ rights against exploitation in the workplace since 1902; the one who even creates job security for you as a professional individual.
Solidarity’s success lies in a total network of work. In short, a Solidarity NetWork. It comprises the various work-related institutions Solidarity has built over the past 20 years that are all linked so as to walk the entire journey of work with a member.
The strength of the NetWork lies in the fact that the NetWork’s various institutions and functions are mutually reinforcing. The sum total of the NetWork’s is therefore larger than its parts.
Solidarity currently offers a dependable service to approximately 140 000 members in all occupational fields, collectively and professionally, and has the passion and knowledge to look after its members’ interests and to ensure that their rights are protected in the workplace. The union has more than 20 offices countrywide and members are served by more than 300 staff members and 1 275 union representatives in thousands of companies.
The Solidarity of today dates back to 22 June 1902 when the Transvaal Miners’ Association was founded. Solidarity therefore has more than 110 years’ experience in South Africa’s labour market.
In its 110 years the trade union underwent four major transformations. Many South Africans will be familiar with the Mineworkers’ Union, that is the MWU, which was the name the Transvaal Miners’ Association’s adopted in 1913. In 2001 the MWU changed to MWU-Solidarity and since 2002 the trade union has been known as Solidarity.
|The Solidarity of today comes a long way, its history dating back to 22 June 1902 when the Transvaal Miners’ Association was established. With its 110 years of experience in the labour market Solidarity is even older than the ruling party, the ANC.|
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|Solidarity Helping Hand, an independent Section 21 Company, is Solidarity’s community initiative that is pursuing the upliftment of the community. Solidarity Helping Hand believes that the best way of uplifting the community lies in training.|
|Sol-Tech provides training for artisans. This institution is registered as a further education and training institute and is registered with the relevant Setas. Sol-Tech focuses on offering training in rare and critical skills.|
|SBM, Solidarity’s investment company, manages Solidarity’s business division and is wholly owned by the trade union. The purpose of SBM is to offer additional services to members and to create capital to improve our member services.|
|Akademia is a brand new private Afrikaans tertiary training institution with various professional qualifications as part of its distance learning offer. Akademia is pioneering modern education – and studying through Akademia costs between 30% and 50% cheaper than at other tertiary institutions.|
|The Federation of Afrikaans Cultural Societies (the FAK) is the oldest cultural umbrella organisation and is a leader of cultural associations. The FAK does not only act as coordinator of cultural organisations but is also home for the entire Afrikaans community, giving them a sense of unity and of belonging.|
|Kraal Uitgewers is a specialised publisher focusing mainly on publishing high quality books on the history of South Africa. Kraal also publishes books that come with a new take on history and ones that take a stand on topical issues in South Africa.|
|Maroela Media is an Afrikaans one-stop internet hub keeping visitors posted about what is happening in the world – and specifically in the world of Afrikaans. Here you will also get a glimpse of the thoughts of and discussions among Afrikaans-speaking opinion formers.|
|S-Leer is a quality Afrikaans training centre and part of the Solidarity Movement. It empowers professionals by means of CPD (continued professional development) points and through personal development seminars that will enable them to achieve their career goals.|