The National Employment Council for the Communications and Allied Services is at Rhodes Hotel Nyanga attending a workshop to develop an HIV policy.
The Employers Confederation of Zimbabwe (EMCOZ) in conjuction with the Global Fund has approached the NEC with the intention to develop the HIV policy document.
EMCOZ has scheduled the workshop from Thursday 14th to Friday 15th May.
The workshop is being attended by Councillors of the NEC representing the CASWUZ. Management has also sent its representatives.
UNION NEGOTIATIONS STARTED OFF IN JANUARY 2009 AND ENDED UP WITH A DEADLOCK .
THE PARTIES DECLARED A DISPUTE RELATING TO THE NEGOTIATIONS ON AN ADJUSTMENT OF THE SALARIES .
THE UNION TOOK THE MATTER TO THE ARBITRATION CENTRE AND BOTH PARTIES NOMINATED AN ARBITRATOR TO HELP THEM SETTLE THEIR DISPUTE.
IN OTHER RELATED ARTICLE TEL-ONE ALSO EMBARKED ON COLLECTIVE BARGAINING ISSUE AND OFFERED WAS OFFERED 20% FOR 2009 SALARIES ON A SLIDING SCALE WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE UNION BUT BENEFITS WERE SLASSHED OFF AND THE UNION DID NOT AGREE WITH IT AND ALSO WENT ON NEGTOIATING ON IT UP TO NOW.
THIS YEAR'S COLLECTIVE BARGAINING HAS NOT YET STARTED. THE UNION IS STILL BATTLING ON LAST YEAR'S BARGAINING ISSUES.
Preparations for the World Aids Day and the International Human Rights Day are now in full swing.
These days commemorated in December in all the CASWUZ six Reigions. Preparatory meetings are in the process.
Meetings for International Human Rights Day are also in progress.
The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions has expressed concern over the lack of interest by Employers, government included, in awarding workrs Poverty Datum Line (PDL) linked salaries.
This comes against the backdrop of Employers in the majority of industries resisting any salary adjustments, for example, in the timber industry where employers have refused workers an increament of 60 percent that will see workers earning at least $110.
This behaviour is unaaeptable given the fact that the figurs of $110 is a far cry from the PDL that stands at $500,00 and the conduct is reflected across all industries where eployers are refusing to pay PDL linked salaries.
The Union said itis unsettled because workerss are being paidslave wages while company executives swim in luxury as they are awarded out of the world perks.
If indeed companies do not have money tp pay workers, this should also be mirrored by the salaries tha executives in various comanies are earning.
The Labour movement said it will not accept that companies are incapable of paying decent salaries yet executives have five digit salaries, have access to free and unlimited fuel, unlimited cellphone allowances, have three or four vehicles at their disposal, have their children's school fees paid at private schools and they can go on a fully paid holiday with their families.
The average minimum wage remains around $100,00 but some workers especially in farming areas are earning meagre salaries as low as $10,00.
This is unacceptable given the fact that these workers need to make ends meet and need at least $500,00 to live.
ILO Commission of Inquiry into Human nad Trade Union Rights Violations is visiting Zimbabwe.
Payment of salaries is still being paid, which is still below Poverty datum line of $454 United States dollars.
Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions is concerned about the continued paying of slave wages by employers.
The majority of workers have been earning an average wage of $100 since January while the Poverty Datum Line has been at $454.
Government has just announced new salary structures for public service employees but no figures are dineg mentioned yet.
Figures being mentioned range from about $140 to about $240.
The target group of the workshop was members of the National
Women,s Advisory Council and Trade Union Women Activists.
The programme objectives were to enable women trade union
leaders appreciate Core Labour Conventions which promotes the
rights of Women workers at the workplace and at the end of the
workshop comes up with a programme of action to guide in the
implementation of programmes earmarked to promote women's
Issues and topics coverd during the course of disussions included
such topica subjects as strength, Weaknesse. opportunities and
threats analysis of the Union, economic challenges faced by working
women under the current political enironment and role of the social
partners and women workers' rights.
The timeous implementation of this programme assisted a lot as it
coincided with the Union preparations for collective bargaing and for
May Day celebtations
On 7-9 April 2009 CASWUZ National Executive Council held a Strateigic Planning Workshop following the release of financial resources.
The target of this very important workshop were members of the National Executive Council. The Board which manages the affairs of the Union on a daily basis.
Basically the programme objectives were to enable national executive members to review and consolidate the strategic plan adopted on 29-31 October in 2007,review current politica, economic and social status in regards to the new political set-up, revolving around the Government of National Unity and come up with a way forward whic seeks to redirect the general operational of the Union.
All employers, government included, have heede the call to pay workers' salaries in foreign currency.
The battle for payment of salaries in foreign currency has been won, but more battles lie lie ahead of a living wage versus the slave Wage that some employers are giving their employees