The union held a National Women Advisory Committee (NWAC) Leadership Training and Strategy Planning Workshop on
7 – 10 May 2017 at the Rhodes Hotel in Nyanga. The workshop was co-sponsored by CSC Belgium and ZEWU.
This workshop was held to orient the women leadership, which had recently been elected into office at the October 2016,
4th National Women’s Conference held in Kariba. It was also to enable the NWAC leadership to develop a Strategy Plan
which would guide them in the execution of their mandate in office during their tenure.
15 out of the 17 members attended the workshop as two could not manage due to personal reasons.
M. Chikuni (General Secretary)
P. Chenyika (Education and Training Officer).
A Chitambo (President)
M. Mugabe (2nd Vice President)
B. Masvine (NEC Member Nyanga – Rusape)
J. Franco (Strategic Partner – CSC Belgium)
NEC member for the Nyanga / Rusape constituency, comrade B. Masvine, welcomed everyone to the town of Nyanga and
wished them a fruitful workshop. She thanked the leadership of ZEWU for recognizing the important role, a structure like
NAWC just as the Youth, played in union building and quality service delivery to members.
The President, Comrade A. Chitambo, enjoined all the participants to be attentive and also participate in the activities as it
was critical for every one’s input to be incorporated in the final document which was to be crafted by the members
themselves with technical assistance from the facilitators.
She emphasized the importance of the NWAC structure and urged women to be serious and also support each other in
ascending to leadership positions in the union pointing out that it was anomalous that there was only one woman in a
Presidium of seven as if there were no women in ZEWU.
The objectives of the combined workshop were outlined by the 2nd Vice President as being, to;
(i). empower the recently elected NWAC leadership with skills to enable them to properly execute their mandate in office
as per the ZEWU Constitution.
(ii). adopt the 4th National Women’s Conference Resolutions and streamline them into strategic objectives to be
implemented during the NWAC tenure.
(iii).evaluate the 2012 NWAC Strategic Plan, carry out SWOT and PEST analyses on women’s plight in the industry /
nationally/ globally and then draw out a draft Strategy Plan.
(iv).officially adopt the draft Strategy Plan, as a property of NWAC, for presentation before the National Executive
The subjects covered over the workshop duration were as follows;
(i). Leadership – delivered by the President.
She highlighted, giving practical examples, the traits, qualities and attributes of good leadership and urged all to uphold
ethics and principles to pass as good leaders who would naturally be identified for elevation to positions within higher
levels of the union.
(ii).Overview of the ZEWU Constitution and other structures – delivered by the Education and Training Officer.
(iii). NWAC Roles and Functions as per the Constitution – presented by the General Secretary.
(iv).The ZEWU/ CSC Belgium Strategic Partnership – delivered by Jan Franco.
He gave a brief history of CSC as a union and chronicled how women had gradually come up the rungs of leadership to
the current situation where there was 50/50 sharing of posts in the leadership between male and female cadres.
He encouraged women to be patient, united, organized and assertive of their rights alongside their male counterparts.
(iv). ZEWU Mission, Vision and Values – presented by the General Secretary.
(v).Evaluation of the last Strategy Plan – group work.
(vi).Environmental scan (PEST and SWOT) – group work.
(vii). Streamlining of 4th National Women’s Conference Resolutions – group work.
(viii).Setting of strategic goals and timeframes – done by all.
Evaluation of the 2009 – 2012 Strategy Plan
The participants evaluated the past Strategy Plan as follows;
(i). Recruitment of new members – ongoing.
(ii). Setting up of structures e.g. BWACs was accomplished throughout the constituencies
(iii). Identification of training needs- and training of BWACs partially achieved.
(i). Improvement in conditions of service for women.
(ii).Formulation of the ZEWU Gender Policy.
(iii). Networking – locally, regionally and globally.
(iv).Reinstatement of the ZEWU President.
The participants carried out an assessment of the environment within which the union is operating, as follows;
(i). General rapport with government Ministries and departments e.g. Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social
Welfare and Ministry of Women and Gender Development. (see speeches delivered at the 8th National Congress and 4th National Women’s Conference)
(ii). ZEWU recognized by government as an independent trade union organization.
(iii). Constitutional provisions allowing freedoms of association and the right to demonstrate. (see section 65 of the
Constitution of Zimbabwe).
(i). General decline in macro- economic performance leading to company closures and loss of membership.
(ii). Cash shortages at banks – members spending more time in queues than the workplace.
(iii). Late or non-payment of salaries – leading to members’ disgruntlement and growing apathy to union relevance and
(iv). Late or non-remittance of union dues by companies, threatening union operations and very existence.
(i). HIV/AIDS affecting some members in one way or the other.
(ii). New legislation, e.g. Special Economic Zones threatens trade union activism in designated areas.
(iii). Retrogressive court judgments e.g. the Chidyausiku July 17 2015 Zuva case Supreme Court judgment discouraging
members especially women from participating in labour politics.
(i). Adoption of pre-paid meters at ZESA and ZINWA rendering some workers redundant and causing membership loss.
(ii). Automation of some operations also rendering members redundant.
(iii). Social media – the spread of malicious propaganda misinforming members and causing membership losses.
(iv).Third – party vending of services – rendering some members redundant.
The participants also carried out an introspection of ZEWU as follows;
(i).The creation and existence of an up to date data base of women members and the potential thereof in the industry.
(ii).The formulation of a gender policy of IndustriALL affiliates – which can guide NWAC till it formulates its own.
(ii). An improved participation by women in trade union activism.
(iv).Wide area network and swift communication through social media.
(v). Availability of in house training programmes.
(vi). Accommodation of NWAC in the ZEWU Constitution as a standalone structure.
(i). Continued lethargy by women to contesting leadership positions.
(ii). Women multiple roles – too busy.
(iii). Lack of resources to advance women interests.
(iii). Social stereotypes –
(iv). Lack of support for each other by women.
(i). Scope for potential growth – many unorganized women in the industry.
(ii). Constitution now provides for Labour Rights as a Constitutional right.
(iii). Availability of strategic partners, e.g. CSC Belgium willing to share experiences.
4th National Women’s Conference Resolutions
The participants, having taken into account the SWOT and PEST analyses and having considered the ZEWU Constitution,
Mission, Vision, Values and master Strategy Plan, adopted the 4th National Women’s Conference Resolutions for
incorporation in crafting of the NWAC Strategy Plan 2016 – 2021, as follows;
(i).Recruitment of more women into the union and their active participation
(ii). Exploration of opportunities for investment
(iii). Formulation of a ZEWU gender policy -(iv).Enhancing networking
(v). Ensuring training of BWACs
(vi). Fighting for the ZEWU President’s unconditional reinstatement
(vii). Lobbying for improvement in conditions of service for women
(viii).Fighting for remittance of union dues
(ix). Participating in labour law reforms
(x).Supporting the fight for protection of incomes
(xi).Ensuring improved Occupational Health and Safety
(x). Supporting the fight for jobs security