The African Labour Media Project gains momentum in Southern Africa PDF Print E-mail

Southern African countries namely Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi have been urged to effectively participate in the African Media Labour Project (ALMP) which is a South African Labour project aimed at supporting the development of media capacities in the African trade union movement across Africa.

Created: 22 November 2012

The project is a brainchild of South African coordinators who have joined to firmly stand for workers rights, with the support of different workers’ trade unions across Africa such as Ghana Trade Union Congress, Lesotho Trade Union Congress, Malawi Congress of Trade Unions and many more.

An evaluation on the effectiveness of the ALMP project proved that amongst the present countries at the workshop, Zimbabwe was following behind in the implementation of the project as Zambia and South Africa had already introduced workers’ radio stations and programmes in support of the project.

In response to the evaluation, Zimbabwean delegate from ZCTU Mr Ben Madzimure said “Zimbabwe is still facing major problems in implementing the project especially the introduction of a local labour radio station due to lack of funding and the unending tight media restrictions against labour movements in the country”

“Considering the several media laws that restrict media freedom in most African countries, the ALMP workshop will help in reflecting and building trade union media capacities across the African continent for trade unions’ and workers’ views to be heard.” noted Martin Bussel an ALMP facilitator.

ZCTU (Zimbabwe)  was also urged to engage its unions especially recently affiliated unions such as ZIMTA  in the implementation  process of the ALMP labour movement and ensure that the project is linked to other union activities through educational workshops aimed at teaching ZIMTA members on the basic information on the project.

Mzi Ngubane, an ALMP facilitator presented and demonstrated the basic skills of a recorded interview with the marantz digital recorder as a way to encourage trade unionists to take interviews with workers or employees to another level in information gathering.

“It is very important for all trade unionists to carry out several interviews with workers and employees on different economical issues as a way of strengthening the trade unions’ position when representing worker issues.” he advised

The ALMP seminar also shed light on the global capitalist economic crisis which saw the extensive use of machinery in industries that caused job losses for the working class and the role that trade unions could play in the long run to avoid the suffering of workers, trade unions were also urged to prioritize and prepare their membership for effective collective bargaining.

Mr Martin Bussel concluded that “It is a pre requisite that trade union members engage Government policy makers whose role is to protect workers from job losses in the event of yet another economic crisis and there is need for unions to hold tripartite negotiations with their Government for guaranteed workers’ protection”

The ALMP project gained momentum in 2005 with the objective of strengthening the response of the Africa labour movement in supporting the working class and poor sections of the civil society in socio-economic and political challenges in Africa.

The workshop hosted fifty attendants; fifteen of whom were from the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and its affiliate unions. The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) had ten representatives respectively.

The Africa Labour Media Project (ALMP) three day workshop hosted in Zambia, Lusaka from the 30th of October to the 1St of November 2012 was aimed at teaching union representatives about media structures and media freedom at international level and promoting workers’ rights as well as media rights in trade unions

ALMP facilitators will be hosting another workshop in June 2013 which will be attended by selected delegates from the Central Organization of trade Unions (Kenya), COSATU, Fedusa, NACTU, Ghana Trade Union Congress, Lesotho Trade Union Congress, Malawi Congress of Trade Unions, Nigeria Labor Congress, Trade Union Congress of Tanzania, Zambia Congress of Trade Unions and Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions.







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