The National Tertiary Education Union

Is a non-profit trade union registered by the Registrar (Labour Relations) on 25th February 2010 serving the needs of the academic and general staff workers in universities and related institutions in the tertiary sector. The NTEU's registration number at the Department of Labour is LR2 / 6 / 2 / 1769.

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Whichever you are, a prospective or current member, you will over time find that the policies of the Union change and are updated so review the section on Policy at least once a year for drafts of policy. 

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Our Mission

The following appears in the Preamble Statement to the Union's Constitution

To these ends is established an organisation representing employees in tertiary education and related institutions in South Africa:

  • To protect and advance the rights, opinions, needs and interests of the membership of the National Tertiary Education Union and by extension the interests of Tertiary Education in South Africa and its communities.
  • To eliminate differences in benefit, entitlement and process and provide general protection for employees in the sector.
  • To engender the principles of co-determination between employer and employee and foster an environment that ensures current, or higher, standards of excellence in the work, teaching and research of tertiary education institutions.
  • To meet and respond to any perceived need to resolve contemporary problems facing society and foster teaching and research in the fulfilment of justice, peace, equality and social harmony and development.
  • To uphold the rights of individuals accorded by the Constitution and Laws of the Republic of South Africa.