Organizing Department


Head of the ZCTU Organizing Department: Michael Kandukutu

ORGANISING DEPARTMENT
It is composed of the National Organiser and Departmental Secretary
The department links with regional offices of the Congress
The department also works with affiliate trade union organisers but however there is no direct link between the Z.C.T.U Organising Department and Affiliate National Organisers.

AIM
To promote awareness of labour and civic issues and to mobilize support for ZCTU positions on related issues.

OBJECTIVES

  • To build viable, strong and bigger industrial unions all united under one national centre.
  • To achieve 100% unionization in all sectors that employ labour.
  • To unite unions through mergers, amalgamations and federations.
  • To co-ordinate and enhance trade union activities in Zimbabwe, towards greater “organic and mechanical” solidarity for the working class.
  • To promote “constitutional discipline” among affiliates and general membership.
  • To consult with union leadership, affiliate officials and secretariat departments and establish labour and civic issues that bear on the welfare of the worker.
  • To address worker population on political, social and economic issues.
  • To consult with union leadership, affiliate officials secretariat, ZCTU structures and departments to establish requirements for national events.
  • To advise leadership on worker issues that require action.
  • To translate leadership and congress resolutions into action (plans).
  • To prepare project proposals and budgets for departmental organising activities.
  • To fight division amongst the labour movement especially arising from:
  • Personality differences
  • Petty jealousies
  • Individual power struggles
  • Petty ideological political differences

 

ORGANISATIONAL STRENGTHS (ORGANISING PERSPECTIVE)
Democratically elected leadership
Established, registered national unions
Recognised and reputable national centre (ZCTU) internal and external
Established functional structures
Organised and united membership

PROBLEMS (CHALLENGES)
Decline in the trade union  membership
Poor membership service and lack of visibility at shop floor by union leadership
Lack of effective information dissemination systems
Lack of inter-union solidarity within unions
Resolutions made on strategies, policies and action to be taken by unions not implemented and at times seldomly communicated to membership
Manipulation by government , employers and political parties
Repressive legislation
Politicisation of the workplace
Proliferation of small unions some of which are craft unions in nature and that are reluctant to amalgamate

APPROACHES AND STRATEGIES
In order to reach out to the worker population, the department uses the following approaches and strategies
National organisers working group
Company based meetings
Labour foras
General meetings
Workers (trade union) committee meetings

EXPECTED OUTCOMES
The department seeks to achieve the following outcomes:
An increase in membership participation in ZCTU activities by 50% through intensified mobilization.
Improved trade union and worker rights awareness.
Stronger and viable unions through membership recruitment,
100 trained union organisers.
Functional and effective ZCTU structures.
Merged unions
Increased union membership by 35% through union specific targeted recruitment.

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