The aims of the UCTEU are:
- To protect the rights and interests of its members and to foster an environment of unity amongst employees of the University.
- To bargain at all levels within the University on issues that are relevant to the working life of the union members.
- To critically examine the role of the institutions of tertiary education in a changing society in an effort to promote the equitable and fullest utilisation of the resources of these institutions.
- To promote the efficient functioning of the University, and to assist those who also wish to so do in accordance with: - our values; and - the values enshrined in the Bill of Rights of the South African Constitution; and - the principles of equity, non-discrimination and fair labour practices contained in labour legislation; and - the legislation covering the governance of higher education institutions.