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  • GENERAL QUESTIONS

    • Can Solidarity represent me if I’m an employer?
    • Unfortunately not , but there are other benefits that will benefit the employer

      Solidarity is an organisation for employees. This means that we act on behalf of employees in their dealings with employers. Unfortunately, therefore, we cannot act on behalf of employers against their employees. Seesa is an employers’ organisation acting on behalf of employers. They may be contacted on 086 117 3372.

    • How can I join Solidarity?
    • Various methods can be used to join the trade union Solidarity. Click here to see the various options. https://solidariteit.co.za/en/join-in-one-minute/

    • How can I support the trade union Solidarity if I’m an employer?
    • If you as an employer feels passionate about Solidarity’s activities and wishes to join as a supporter, you actually have the option of supporting the Solidarity Legal Fund or the Solidarity Building Fund by means of a debit order. You may also make a single donation to any of these two long-term projects. Please call Solidarity’s Service Centre on 0861 25 24 23 for further information.

      Employers can show their support by making a contribution to Solidarity’s Legal Fund and the Boufonds, the latter being established to fund construction projects for training facilities. For more information about the various projects, go to https://boufonds.solidariteit.co.za/en and https://regsfonds.solidariteit.co.za/

    • How do I cancel my Solidarity membership?
    • Cancellation of Solidarity membership is subject to 30 days’ written notice, which has to be submitted to diens@solidariteit.co.za.

    • How do I obtain legal advice?
    • Telephonic legal advice from the Solidarity Service Centre (0861 25 24 23)

      Labour law advice

      Civil law advice

      Personal advice and legal aid

      General Litigation Division

      Labour Court Division

      Occupational Health and Safety Division

    • How does Solidarity’s Legal Department operate?
    • Solidarity’s Legal Department is not only the largest legal department among South African trade unions but it also counts among the largest labour law practices in South Africa. In addition to having a dedicated division focusing on occupational health and safety Solidarity also boasts a team of expert legal advisors, including attorneys and advocates, who handle cases on behalf of Solidarity members. At any given time, Solidarity Legal Services handle approximately 1 400 cases on behalf of members. This excludes the vast number of collective disputes being handled. The cases handled range from dismissals, grievances and pension disputes to compensation claims for occupational injuries and diseases.

    • How does the Solidarity Movement work?
    • The Solidarity Movement was born out of the trade union. Today it comprises more than 14 institutions, the trade union being one of them. They all function as part of the Solidarity Movement. To read more about the various institutions please click here.

    • If I’m a member of one institution and I pay my monthly membership fees to it, does it mean that I’m a member of the other institutions as well?
    • No, each institution has its own membership fees and they all have different benefits.

    • Is Solidarity committed to South Africa?
    • Solidarity is committed to South Africa and wants to secure a future for its members here. We believe South Africa is a country for everybody who lives in it. Solidarity is committed to the Constitution of South Africa and will actively claim the rights that the Constitution grants its members.

    • Is Solidarity part of a political party?
    • The union does not associate itself with any political party. We talk to everybody but are not committed to anyone.

    • Self-help and sustainable development
    • Solidarity believes in empowering its members to be self-reliant.

      The union is active in the fields of training, employment and provision for retirement. The union believes in mobilising its members’ capital to create independent institutions through which members can realise their rights.

      The union will actively take up issues within the community of its members. Solidarity believes that sustainable development should be part of the philosophy of all South African companies. All companies, and also the government and private institutions, should keep up to date and develop contingency plans to prevent damage to natural habitats and important ecosystems.

    • There is a waiting period after joining Solidarity – what does that mean?
    • A waiting period of three months applies to new individual members as far as representation in new labour law cases is concerned. Members are however entitled to telephonic advice from day one.

    • What are the hours of business of the Solidarity Service Centre?
    • Mondays to Thursdays: 08:00-16:30 and Fridays: 08:00-15:00

    • What does Solidarity believe in?
    • The union is founded in the Christian tradition of trade unionism, which believes that we have to guide our members to self-reliance so that they can pursue their vocation. Solidarity’s actions are dictated by its Christian value system.

    • What does Solidarity membership cost per month?
    • Membership fees increase annually by a small amount. Membership for 2017 is as follows:

      Individual members – R120
      Collective members – R117

    • What does Solidarity membership include?
    • As a Solidarity member we don’t just protect you in the workplace as your membership includes many other benefits too. Click here to read more about the benefits the trade union offers: https://solidariteit.co.za/en/union-benefits/

    • What is Solidarity’s communication medium?
    • Historically Solidarity has always had close ties with the Afrikaner community and this is still the case. The communication medium of the organisation is Afrikaans, although the union is inclusive and also communicates with members in English as far as this is feasible.

    • What is Solidarity’s main purpose?
    • As a trade union our main purpose is to protect members in the workplace.

    • What is Solidarity’s opinion on economy?
    • Solidarity is in favour of an economic order of free competition. The South African economic policy should be based on a free-market economy in which there is a balance between the various role players in the economy.

    • What is Solidarity’s point of view on democracy?
    • Solidarity believes in true democracy in which minority rights are recognised and protected. The union is fighting actively, but not exclusively, for the rights of minorities in the country and specifically for those who are excluded by the government’s affirmative action programmes. Solidarity actively intervenes on behalf of poor South Africans. The union believes that racial discrimination against poor people is not allowed.

    • What is Solidarity’s view on affirmative action?
    • Solidarity believes that imbalances must be rectified without creating new forms of imbalance. The manner in which affirmative action is currently being implemented is creating serious new forms of discrimination. Because of the ideology of representation the masses do not benefit and whites are being seriously disadvantaged. Solidarity intervenes on behalf of people who are being unfairly disadvantaged by affirmative action.

      Solidarity believes that all South Africans should be exempted from affirmative action and other discriminatory economic practices.

    • What is the core business of the union?
    • The core business of the union is collective bargaining, job protection and the improvement of service conditions. Solidarity aims at a safe and healthy workplace for its members.

    • What is the difference between AfriForum, Helping Hand and the trade union Solidarity?
    • AfriForum, Helping Hand and the trade union all form part of the Solidarity Movement. AfriForum is a civil rights organisation. It sets out to protect the civil rights of its members and their communities by insisting on those rights; to protect rights and to mobilise civil society to participate in public debate and actions that are not related to party politics.

      The trade union Solidarity is the senior partner in the movement, the Solidarity Movement having been born out of the trade union. Solidarity is rooted in the Christian tradition of trade unionism and therefore it has a unique approach to trade unionism, an approach which differs from Cosatu’s approach. The Solidarity union’s main objectives are to ensure job security; to improve conditions of service; and to eradicate injustice in the workplace.

      Solidarity Helping Hand is a community initiative which focuses on empowerment through training. Helping Hand was established in 1949 to help relieve poverty among Afrikaans speaking miners. Unlike the state, which believes in empowerment through social grants, Helping Hand believes in empowerment through training. For this reason, Helping Hand focuses on alleviating poverty by giving people independence and by preparing the youth for the world of work.

    • What is the difference between collective members and individual members?
    • Collective members

      Employees working at large companies where Solidarity enjoys collective status in terms of a collective agreement with the employer, or those employees working for companies at which Solidarity renders a service to members as a group and this group is regarded as “collective” by Solidarity, are collective members. The membership fees of collective members are deducted directly from their salaries by their employer for payment to Solidarity.

      Individual members

      Individual members are employees who work for companies where Solidarity doesn’t enjoy recognition in terms of a recognition agreement and members are not served as a group. Solidarity is the only trade union in South Africa that has a dedicated division for individual members. Trade union fees of individual members are paid by means of a debit order debited directly from the employee’s bank account.

    • What is the Solidarity trade union’s main focus?
    • The trade union is active in the fields of training, job placement and retirement provision.

    • What makes Solidarity unique?
    • Solidarity believes that its members are not mere economic beings but that they are functioning within a community. Over the years Solidarity has therefore extended its protective umbrella so that employees and their families can be supported in every phase of life. Solidarity is the only Christian trade union in South Africa. No other union in South Africa does so much for its people at so many different levels.

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