New ZCTU president to únite’ unions

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Newly elected Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) president Nkole Chishimba says his vision is to unite labour unions in the country.

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ZANIS reports that Mr. Chishimba said the strength of the union lays in unity and adequate knowledge among members in order to effectively push the agenda of the Zambian workers forward.

 

He said he will stick to the objectives which are enshrined in the ZCTU constitution by not favouring anyone including affiliate members of the congress.

 

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“I will treat all unions fairly and ensure that we move in one direction unlike the way it was before when members allegedly cited favouritism,” he said.

 

Mr. Chishimba, who is also Mine Workers Union of Zambia (MUZ) president, said he will work at enhancing worker education because if workers are enlightened, they will know their rights and interpret them accordingly.

 

He won the presidency after beating Civil Servants and Allied Workers Union (CSAWUZ) leader Davies Chiyobe during the elective ZCTU general congress held at the weekend in Livingstone.

 

Mr. Chishimba polled 193 votes against Mr. Chiyobe’s 99 votes in the election results that were announced yesterday.

 

He takes over from Mr. Leonard Hikaumba, who together with his secretary general, Roy Mwaba did not recontest their positions.

 

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