The Southern Africa Coordination Council (SATUCC) is a regional trade union organization representing all major trade union federations in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). SATUCC was established in   March 1983 in Gaborone, Botswana soon after the formation of the Southern Africa Coordination Conference (SADCC) which later transformed into the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).  The main idea was to form a strong regional trade union body that could play a role in the political liberation struggle and influence policy at the regional level in favour of workers. Today SATUCC and is the only formally recognised representative regional trade union confederation with a special status in the SADC.

In a nutshell the intent behind SATUCC’s formation was to strengthen solidarity amongst trade unions in the sub region, and specifically to give voice to labour issues at the regional level. SATUCC is the platform for labour providing forums for trade unions and workers generally to engage and influence policies nationally and regionally through the active and effective participation of affiliate national federations.   From inception SATUCC has assumed a high political profile, reporting on economic, political and labour conditions, human and trade union rights and trying to influence the policies of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). One such major achievement is the Charter of Fundamental Social Rights in SADC adopted in 2003 initiated by SATUCC and its affiliates. At present SATUCC have 22 affiliates in 14 of the 16 SADC member states with a combined membership of 5 million working men and women.



To unite working people and the poor and voiceless in the struggle to free southern Africa from exploitation, injustice and oppression through providing a dynamic, inclusive and sustainable platform to influence regional policy in favour of the working populations and the poor.


  1. To build and provide leadership to a democratic and independent trade union movement in southern Africa
  2. To coordinate and enhance trade union activities in the region towards greater regional working class unity and solidarity
  3. To advance, promote and defend human and trade union rights as well as fundamental freedoms as enshrined in the SADC Treaty, Charters and Protocols, The African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, The International Labour Organization (ILO) Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work and its Follow-up and the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  4. To develop and support regional campaigns for economic, social and political equity and justice through people driven integration
  5. To participate in and engage with SADC’s development and integration agenda in a manner that protects and advances interests of the working class and the wider society
  6. To advance and actively support the cause of vulnerable sectors in southern Africa – women, migrants, elderly, children, unemployed, workers in the informal economy, etc.
  7. To be involved in the development process with particular emphasis on rural development and assistance to migrant workers
  8.  To actively participate in and support the regional, continental and international trade union and social movements



A self-reliant, prosperous, democratic and people driven southern African region free from oppression, exploitation and poverty


To build a strong democratic trade union movement through unity and solidarity  in Southern Africa to contribute to greater economic, social and political equity and justice for all citizens within the SADC region, the continent and internationally.