December 02, 2020
ZDAMWU trains 60 members
Mine workers union of the moment the Zimbabwe Diamond and Allied Minerals Workers Union (ZDAMWU) recently trained 60 of its members thanks to the support we got from IndustriAll Global Union where we are an affiliate.
The intensive capacity building programs were held in Harare and Bulawayo with membership drawn from our two regions.
The Northern Region training was held in Harare from 20-22 November 2020 at Monomotapa Hotel.
Members were selected from mines in Mutare, Masvingo ,Bindura ,Mhangura, Chinhoyi, Karoi, Chakari ,Kadoma , Mhondoro and Masvingo.
The Southern Region training was held in Bulawayo from 27-29 November 2020.
For the Southern Region program members were selected from Hwange, Gwanda, Zvishavane, Silobela , Inyati , Nkai , Kwekwe, Mberengwa, Filabusi and Maphisa.
ZDAMWU General Secretary (GS) Justice Chinhema expressed gratitude on the massive support from our Switzerland based global partner Industriall.
” We are very grateful to Industriall for the support . Surely mine workers will never be the same . Without the Global Union we wouldn’t have afforded the training,” says GS Chinhema.
Members were trained in
1.Basic Trade Union /workers rights
2. Labour Law
3. Labour Procedures
4. Dispute Resolution and Collective Bargaining
5. Introduction to Law
6. Safety & Health.
” The objective of the training was to equip union members with skills relevant to defend interests and rights of members. Members were equipped on skills to attract new members, skills to bargain for a living wage , skills to represent our members during hearings,” GS Chinhema said.
He added, “The union will never be the same going forward. This is just the beginning of good things ahead. We will be rolling out more 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. We are learning many things and we shall learn more through solidarity and support from our international board” the GS said.
He concluded by reiterating that ZDAMWU is a brand which is there to liberate mine workers in the country.
“As we have always said , ours is a brand that was formed to liberate mine workers who have suffered for too long,” he said.