After a divisive 2021 election ULEMASA members, rightfully so, are focused on how these next few years will impact their jobs in the diplomatic sector, their families and their communities.
Let’s put the election behind us and now focus on how we will move forward in building a stronger union and protecting our South Africa ideals. Now, more than ever, is the time for us to continue driving meaningful conversations about how to ensure decent-paying jobs, safe working conditions, affordable health care, secure retirements and protection from discrimination. We can, and we will, keep forging a path of economic prosperity for working families and our communities in the diplomatic sector.
For decades, diplomatic employees were barely treated like human beings as wages, benefits and safety were all determined by the sending state’s whim. Diplomatic Sector employees did not wait for the government to help them. Instead, they stood up for their rights by sitting down on the job. In time, these brave men and women are working tirelessly to win respect, decent working conditions and the chance at a middle-class life. It is that legacy we protect as we fend off attacks on issues like pensions, workplace health and safety protections, and even the right to bargain our wages and benefits.
Becoming organized is the only way South Africans will ever have a fair shot at reaching the end of struggle. Hundreds of workers realize this, from diplomatic sector and members of ULEMASA in consulates, High Commissions, Embassies and international organizations respect their rights and immediately begin collective bargaining with the union.
Certainly, the end of 2019 and the year 2020 internal issues lead to obstacles toward reaching our goals. But we know from our history that obstacles can always be overcome through hard work, organization, tenacity and the realization that relying on public officials for justice in the workplace only goes so far, even with officials who have workers’ best interests at heart.
To win economic and social justice in our workplaces and in our communities, we must be the ones who drive the change. That’s how you are the “U” in union.
- 2 MONTH FINANCIAL REPORT
This financial report provides information about the union’s financial position. Among the highlights:
- The union’s total fund balance
- Total income
- Total expenses
- OVERVIEW OF ULEMASA FINANCIAL STRUCTURE
- OPENING BALANCE
- CLOSSING BALANCE
- MOOVING FORWARD
- Cut Expenses
- Improve membership revenues
- Improve accountability and transparency on the Ulemasa’s finances.