ZEWU’s national treasurer, Knowledge Siriva said all eyes are set on developing the union’s Meyrick Park stand in Melbereign as one way of ensuring that the organisation achieves self-reliance.
The up market stand was acquired in 2010 at a cost of US $32 000 to develop ZEWU labour college with union’s offices and conference facilities.
Late last year, the union engaged a construction firm to erect a security wall which is set to be completed by October this year.
“We hope that by October, the security wall will be completed. That is our target,” said Siriva.
He said the union has decided to engage the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works with a possibility of engaging them to construct the union’s office block. This decision came after realising that they were the cheapest on the market.
“We are in the process of engaging the Ministry of Public Works which has so far advised us to submit a new plan for the office block and other structures at our stand. This will be done soon because we want to move with speed,” he said.
Siriva said through its projects committee, the union has agreed to undertake a hardware business at the stand as an income generating venture and another way of attracting members who are in need of building materials to construct their houses. Members of the public around the area can also benefit by accessing their building materials closer to their homes.
“What we have discussed is that we need to come up with innovative ways of coming up with projects that will ensure the union becomes self-reliant while at the same time ensuring that the projects benefit our members who will access building materials from our hardware at affordable costs”, said Siriva.
He said the projects committee headed by Makiadi Mugabe will explore various projects ideas which include the establishment of retail outlets, driving schools and the hardware business.
Siriva said the union is fast moving away from depending on subscriptions which were not enough to fully sustain the union’s operations.
“Employers are in the habit of withholding union dues and this is crippling union operations hence the need to think outside the box,” he said.