Who is GIWUSA?

The General Industries Workers Union of South Africa (GIWUSA) is an independent trade union organizing and defending workers rights in various industries which include but are not limited to: Engineering, Contract and Labour Brokers, Plastic, Furniture, Glass, Pharmaceutical, Chemicals, Wood, Paper, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Hospitality, Food Processing, and Agriculture.

We are calling all workers to join GIWUSA

The Union is involved in a range of issues:

  • Negotiating wages and conditions of employment
  • Defending workers against unfair dismissals and unfair labour practices
  • And representing workers in matters of retrenchments and many other issues.

 The Union also involves itself in negotiating retirement funds and other benefits:

  • The union is a member of the Hospitality and General Provident Fund
  • Workers can also join a funeral scheme for the whole family

GIWUSA main principles are:

  • Non-racialism
  • Worker control
  • Strong shop-floor organization
  • Effective service of membership

The Union is involved in a range of issues:

  • Negotiating wages and conditions of employment
  • Defending workers against unfair dismissals and unfair labour practices
  • And representing workers in matters of retrenchments and many other issues.


The Union also involves itself in negotiating retirement funds and other benefits:

  • The union is a member of the Hospitality and General Provident Fund
  • Workers can also join a funeral scheme for the whole family


GIWUSA main principles are:

  • Non-racialism
  • Worker control
  • Strong shop-floor organization
  • Effective service of membership

GIWUSA prides itself on the effective delivery of service to the membership

We ensure effective service to membership by doing the following:

Building strong union organization in the factories. 

Here our focus is on the regular education and training of the shop stewards. We also organize regular meetings with the membership in the factories. Regular factory general meetings are a cornerstone of our union because through these factory meetings members are able to participate in the life of the union.

Ensuring participation of union members in the affairs of the union. 

We arrange mass meetings with our members every two months.

Building strong union structures. 

Here regular meetings with shop stewards are organized to discuss union matters and factory issues and problems.