The idea of forming an alternative trade union in the South African Post Office came through informal discussions around early 2008. On the 8th August 2008 in Kwaggasrand (Pretoria) a decision was taken that we start a formal registration process of the South African Postal Workers Union (SAPWU) with the Department of Labour.
The draft emblem/logo was circulated to different regions for inputs. The view was that it should capture the essence of the Post Office worker.
On the 18th December 2008 a formal application was made with the Department of Labour to acquire a Certificate of Registration, this being a requirement in terms of the Labour Relations Act, Act 66 of 1995. The Certificate of Registration was issued by the Department of Labour on the 27th May 2009, with Registration Number LR2/6/2/1672