Zimbabwe Banks and Allied Workers Union and its affiliates have urged workers come together as collective as workers to form one big union that will give a big political and collective voice for real changes within work places towards 2018.
In an interview with 263Chat, Director of organizing in the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) management sector, Michael Kandukutu said they want to unite as workers in the financial sector to protect and advance their interest as a united front.
“We want to recruit and be able to protect and advance the rights and interest of all those workers that are coming up in the different sectors that we have noted.
“The character of the majority of these sectors that we have identified is that by and large it is employing women and youths and these are people who are very vulnerable particularly when it comes to flexibility, fixed term contracts of work and we are saying for us as a union, those are the sectors that require the assistance of the union.
“When we role out our recruitment campaign, we are simply saying that we are not going to leave any worker within the financial service sector without being recruited and unionized and it is our intention to achieve if possible a closed shop in terms of trade union membership,” said Kandukutu.
He urged workers within the financial service sectors to come together as a collective to form one big union.
“We also want to share with the majority of the workers that are in the financial services sector what we have been able to achieve as ZIBAWU and we think that all those services to be extended to the workers that are in the financial services sector and we are representing those workers in terms of grievances within the work place, at national employment council level and where we found out that the issues that are affecting workers internationally.
“We also want to take those to the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions so that we can have the voice of labor even at the ILO where we will also discuss such issues
“We are also saying to workers within the financial service sectors they must also embrace this campaign that we have and we must come together as collective as workers to form one big union that will give us big political and collective voice which we will be able to get those workers real changes in the work place,” added Kandukutu.
ZIBAWU’s main role and function is to protect and promote the interest of workers in the banking industry and related financial sector in Zimbabwe.