Switzerland based global union bankrolls Zimbabwe miners

By Staff Reporter 

A Switzerland based global workers union Industriall Global is bankrolling the country’s miners this publication has gathered.

 Industriall Global which is currently supporting workers in the minerals sector through capacity building programs is supporting mine workers who are under the Zimbabwe Diamond Allied Minerals Workers’ Union (ZDAMWU) ambit. 

According to ZDAMWU General Secretary Justice Chinhema 60 miners from the country are going to receive training in labour law amongst other areas.

 “With support from Industriall Global Union where we are an affiliate, we are going to conduct extensive capacity building trainings for our membership. The trainings are going to be held in Harare and Bulawayo. 

“With support from Industriall Global Union we are going to train 60 of our shop flow members drawn from our two regions in the country the Northern and the Southern Region,” Chinhema said. 

Miners who are targeted for training are mostly coming from the country’s mining areas.

 “As a union we are very grateful to Industriall for the support. Surely life for mine workers will never be the same. Without the Global Union we wouldn’t have afforded the trainings. The trainings will be very extensive because members will be learning the following, basic trade Union/workers rights, labour Law, labour procedures, dispute Resolution and collective Bargaining, introduction to law 
 and saafety and health,” he said.

 Chinhema said key objectives in the two trainings is to equip miners with skills in knowing about their rights.

 “The objectives of the two trainings is to equip union members with skills relevant to defend interests and rights of members. We also shall be equipping our members on skills to attract new members, skills to bargain for a living wage and skills to represent our members during hearings. The union will never be the same going forward. This is just the beginning of good things ahead. We will be rolling out more of such programs targeting gender issues as well as young workers issues. Our affiliation to the Global Union Industriall was a very key decision ever made by any organisation worth its salt,” he said. He added, “We are learning many things and we shall learn more through solidarity and support from our international board.”

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