By William Milasi
Zimbabwe top mining labour union the Zimbabwe Diamond and Allied Minerals Workers Union (ZDAMWU) has been admitted to the Switzerland based IndustriALL Global union The Midlands Observer reports
The global union platform represents 50 million workers in the energy, mining and manufacturing federations in more than 140 countries around the world. ZDAMWU has become the Seventh affiliate from Zimbabwe.
The decision to admit ZDAMWU to be part of IndustriALL was reached at the organisation’s executive virtual meeting held in Geneva on the 17th of June this year.
“I am happy to inform you that the executive Committee, at its virtual meeting, held in Geneva on the 17th of June 2020 approved your request for affiliation to IndustriALL Global Union,” Vatter Sanches, IndustriALL General Secretary.
ZDAMWU which has become one of the fastest growing unions in the mining sector in the country has a membership of over 6000 and has established branches across the country’s mining districts.
In accepting the admittance ZDAMWU Secretary General Justice Chinhema said this will be a learning experience for the union, as it will also enhance capacity building amongst the general membership.
“We are excited , as a young union , we shall be learning a lot from big unions
The lessons gained will benefit our members. Its good news because it’s for the first time a mine industry union in Zim joins a global platform.
“Definitely we shall learn from NUM of South Africa who are also a member. We shall learn,copy,” an excited Chinhema told this publication.
He further explained that the admittance is a reflection that, “we have touched the world. Within two years we are now a global player.”
He further said the global platform is an opportunity to take challenges faced by mine workers and mine worker representatives in the country to the global stage.
“Lack of clear policy that define who an investor is , Zimbabwea has been flooded by criminals and thieves, who come to loot. Intimidation of workers leaders,” are some of the problems we are faced with.
He added, “Definitely we shall seek to have strategies on how other unions are dealing with corruption , wage negotiations and value addition or beneficiation for employment creation.”