The Central Organization of Trade Unions, COTU (K) Secretary General Bro. Francis Atwoli was with Hon. Maudline Cyrus Castillo Minister of Labour Empowerment, Elders, Women and Children in Zanzibar -Tanzania, Ms Maria Helena Andre Director ACTRAV -ILO, Mr Wellington Chibebe ILO -EA, Bro Eric Manzi Chairman EATUC among other Guests at the 12th Annual Summit Meeting of EATUC , East African Trade Union Congress with delegates from East Community which are Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya and Uganda at Zanzibar.
One of the Agenda in the summit is the Launch of the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan for the organization and Trade Unions, under the theme of future of work.While speaking at the summit, Bro Atwoli commended the Government of Kenya for supporting the Trade union movement and having allowed for implementation of Art 41 of The Constitution to allow workers to join Trade unions and participate in trade unions’ activities. This has resulted to growth in the numbers of organized workers and growth of COTU (K) and in turn growth of EATUC as the regional Confederation.He called upon COTU (K) and other affiliates to learn from the past achievements of EATUC and not to look so much into what has been done, but look into what has not been done.
Hon. Maudline appreciated COTU (K) for being in the forefront in agitating for workers right through strong and implementable plans to overcome the challenges of workers. She further mentioned that Zanzibar as a contry and Trade Unions in the region appreciate President Uhuru Kenyatta for his heavy emphasis on the expansion of the manufacturing sector in that way the Government will focus on boosting four manufacturing sub-sectors; the Blue Economy, Agro- Processing, Leather and Textiles. Political stability and harmonious Labour Relations is the bedrock on which we will achieve a robust manufacturing sector. This will improve the labour productivity and shpould be emulated by other EATUC partner Countries.