Richard C. Poulton is also National Treasurer of the Communication Workers’ Union (affiliated to COSATU) and is the Operations Manager in an ICT company. He has extensive technical training and has qualifications in Labour Relations (University of Stellenbocsh), Project Management (University of Stellenbocsh) and Financial Accounting for Public Entities (UNISA) as well as more than  8 years’ technical experience as a technical officer. Since 1998 he has been active fulltime doing organisational work in socio-economic programmes in the interest of the working class. From 2002-2006 he served on the Provincial Executive Committee of COSATU and on the  Board of ISETT SETA.