By Own Correspondent
THE International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has endorsed the newly elected leadership of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), committing to continue rendering the usual support following the completion of the democratic exercise.
In a letter dated November 3 2021 addressed to the ZCTU Secretary General, Japhet Moyo, the global workers association took note of the latest developments.
“I acknowledge receipt of your press release on November 1 2021 informing us about the outcome of your 9th Ordinary Conference. On behalf of the ITUC, let me first congratulate your organisation for such a successful Conference under difficult times in Zimbabwe. I also welcome and congratulate the newly elected leadership mandated to fight for decent work for the workers and the people of Zimbabwe. I would also like to assure you of our continued support to the ZCTU and to work with you in providing leadership and solidarity with other international trade unions and fraternal organisations,” ITUC Secretary General, Sharan Burrow said.
The ITUC represents 200 million workers in 163 countries and territories and has 332 national affiliates.
Florence Taruvinga was last month elected as the new ZCTU president after garnering the majority of votes at the 9th elective conference held in Harare. Taruvinga, an Energy Sector Workers Union of Zimbabwe (ESWUZ) senior official polled 73 votes ahead of the outgoing ZCTU President, Peter Mutasa who polled 59 votes.
She has broken the gender record, becoming the first woman to lead the federation, in a development partly showing the strides taken to emancipate women in the Southern Africa nation.
Valentine Chikosi was elected as the ZCTU’s first vice president. Chikosi is from the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority Trade Union, second vice president post went to Nicholas Mazarura of the Zimbabwe Construction and Allied Trades Workers Union with the third vice president seat going to Runesu Chipamaunga from the Railaway Association of Enginemen.
The Food Federation and Allied Workers Union of Zimbabwe’s Runesu Dzimiri was elected the first Deputy Secretary-General, the Second Deputy Secretary-general’s post was clinched by Kudakwashe Munengiwa from the Zimbabwe Urban Councils Workers Union while the treasurer-general position went to Douglas Chiradza from the National Energy Workers Union of Zimbabwe.