Friday, 15 December 2017

ZATUC has recognized that collective bargaining is not only a fundamental right at work, but also an overarching instrument for democracy and for societal development.

 

ZATUC has recognized that collective bargaining is not only a fundamental right at work, but also an overarching instrument for democracy and for societal development. To this end, with the support of the LO-Norway and ILO, ZATUC  organized workshops in Zanzibar with the following objectives:
(i) to enable the trade union movement in Zanzibar, in general, and the participants in particular, to take stock of the progress made towards organizingand membership recruitment;
(ii) to exchange experiences towards organizing and membership recruitment in
the midst of existing and emerging challenges; and
(iii) to impart knowledge and experiences in collective bargaining and negotiation skills at the workplace.

These workshops have brought together senior representatives of ZATUC and its
affiliated unions who were previously involved in policy development, organizing,collective bargaining and capacity building. The participants reiterated the importance of collective bargaining as a useful tool to promote industrial harmony in the Zanzibar.
To complement the interactive nature of the workshops and the huge amount of information generated, it is imperative to continue offering further training and handsonexperience on collective bargaining. More specifically, unions need to get examples of real-life collective bargaining agreements and generate model CBAs that could be utilized by branch unions and at the enterprise level negotiation. Further training should be aimed at further equipping ZATUC leaders and its affiliates with social dialogue, negotiation and collective bargaining skills in order to conclude quality and workable collective agreements.

 

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