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The Hotel, Food Processing and Catering Workers Union, was established with an aim to promote Industrial Peace in various companies in the sector.

Bakemans Bakery Workers Grievances to be Sorted Out

The misunderstanding which has been there between management and workers of Bakemans Bakery concerning basic salaries will be a thing of a past after the employers promised union management that they will sort the issue out.   Last month, the workers approached officials of the Hotels Union seeking their intervention on the issue that they don’t know their basic salaries since their employers instead of using ‘work per day’ method which they agreed when signing their contracts are using…

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Women open up during workshop; learn important issues concerning them at workplace

It is rare opportunity for women to have their own time and discuss important issues concerning the well-being of their lives at workplace as well as at their respective homes but this was possible through Hotels Food Processing Catering Workers Union (HFPCWU) who organized women leadership training workshop.   Sexual Harassment topic took a centre stage during the workshop which was conducted on November 16, 2013 at Grace Bandawe the commercial city of Blantyre with 17 participants from different…

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Shop stewards need to be trained about OSH-Sesani

The General Secretary for Hotels Food Processing and Catering Workers Union (HFPCWU) Shakespeare Sesani revealed that the unions are planning to widely train shop stewards on Occupation Safety and Health at work place.   The general secretary said this during HFPCWU first OSH training workshop which was conducted at Grace Bandawe in the commercial city, Blantyre.   He observed that for so long union members have been ignoring OSH as compared to other labour related issues such as pay…

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Newly elected shop stewards in Zomba and Liwonde get trained

Hotel Food Processing and Catering Workers Union (HFPCWU) recently organized a workshop for some of the newly appointed shop-stewards in the hotel industry who they say were not trained on their task.   The two day workshop took place at hotel Masongola in Zomba with eleven participants from four hotels namely; Hippo Lodge, Shire Lodge, Kuchawe Sunbird and as the Hotel Masongola.   Speaking during the workshop HFPCWU Chairlady for women’s desk who was also one of the facilitators…

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CORI employees trained on labour laws and rights

Capital Oil Refine Industries (CORI) management observed that there used to be misunderstanding with their workers on issues to do with labour laws and their rights hence calling for a three day workshop so that the two parties should always have a common understanding whenever there are issues of collective bargaining and other labour related issues.   The training which was conducted in Blantyre at the Trade Test Centre (TTC) had 25 participants who are also members of Hotels…

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CASOTU adopts constitution-officially sign working agreement

Carlsberg, Sobo and Malawi Distilleries Limited (MDL) Trade Unions (CASOTU) have finally adopted the much awaited constitution with a unanimous decision.   There was also a historical event as CASOTU and Hotels Food Processing and Catering Workers Union (HFPCWU) signed a working relationship agreement.   The activities took place in Mangochi on September 27 and 28 respectively during CASOTU annual general meeting which was attended by almost 60 representatives from all the three plants namely Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu….

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Collective bargaining is workers right, but the unions are weak-Ching’oma

MCTU Deputy Director of Education and organizer, Jessie Ching’oma has lamented the lack of collective bargaining for workers in different sectors in Malawi due to lack of strong unions.   Ching’oma observed that most of the union representatives are not well conversant with labour laws and because of this they don’t know that collective bargaining is the workers right and the management takes an advantage and dictates the union leadership on what they should do.   She said this…

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3F/IUF lobby for fair labour in Coca-Cola and Pepsi companies

After observing peculiar forms of employment in Coca-Cola companies in Africa, IUF has started a project where workers are trained on issues to do with their rights at their different working places.   Currently there was a three day workshop with CASOTU Union which took place in Mulanje and among other issues the 8 participants who came from all the three regions were trained on Labour Laws, Leadership Skills and Collective Bargaining.   According to Regional Project Coordinator, Stella…

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MCTU Pens Minister Makangala for Lack of Respect

The Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) has expressed disappointment over the conduct of Minister of labour Eunice Makangala whom it accuses of lacking respect for the umbrella body of workers unions.   In a letter dated 9th July, 2013 which was signed by MCTU President Chauluka Muwake and Secretary General Pontius Elijah Kalichero the body claims that the Minister has been interfering with the affairs of the union.   MCTU reveals that the minister has no interest with…

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HFPCWU in working relationship with CASOTU

Carlsberg Southern Bottlers Trade Union (Casotu) has finally signed a working agreement with Hotels Food Processing and Catering Workers Union (HFPCWU) after being in talks for almost two years.   The signing ceremony took place on 21st June 2013 in Mangochi soon after a three day management and organizers workshop.   According to Casotu vice Secretary General Holyson Mataya, the working agreement between the two unions is a mile stone as it is going to strengthen their existing union….

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