Trust in trade unions ‘dropping’

2013-04-09 09:02

South Africans are losing faith in trade unions, according to research.

Trust in trade unions among the public in general dropped from 43% in 2011 to 29% in 2012, reported Business Day newspaper today, quoting a survey compiled by the Human Sciences Research Council.

Thirty-five percent of black South Africans said they distrusted trade unions in 2012, compared to 21% the previous year, while 53% of coloured South Africans said they distrusted unions in 2012, compared to 37% in 2011.

The poll was compiled in the wake of several wild-cat strikes last year.

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzina Vavi told Business Day: “Our own survey last year also revealed some very negative perceptions, for instance, about corruption in unions.

“This survey tells me one thing: improve.”

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