The 4 day training that the Hotel, Food Processing and Catering Workers Union (HFPCWU) did with assistance from the International Union for Food (IUF) was a productive one in as far as the sessions were concerned. It was done lately at the Monarchy lodge in Blantyre.
According to the General Secretary of the HFPCWU Shakespeare Sesani, his institution has benefited much from the seminar apart from saying good bye to hardworking Dorothia Makhasu who had been very influential to help the union to reach where it is today.
“She worked extremely hard in as far as promoting rights of women at various work places are concerned. She said she has done a lot of work and wants to rest. However she has encouraged us to continue promoting women activities at their various work places. The Women Project is still continuing with good news that the next phase has already attracted support from the International Union for Food (IUF).
Following Makhasu’s resignation, the Union has settled for Chrissie Jamu from the Sugar Plantations Allied Workers Union and Zione Pakulamtanda, Coordinator of the HFPCWU as stand in leaders for the project.
The General Secretary went on to add that they have learnt a lot of things on how their colleagues are carrying out their duties in as far as issues to do with unions are concerned.
“We benefited a lot because the workshop by the 3F helped us to know how our brothers from other countries are running their activities. That workshop also offered us an opportunity on how best we can run our activities,” He said.
The workshop was funded by the International Union for Food (IUF).
In attendance were members from the HFCW, Tobacco and Allied Workers Union, Plantation and Agriculture Workers Union, Sugar Plantations and Allied Workers Union, Commercial Industry and allied Workers Union through domestic works.
Course coordinators were from Ghana, Zimbabwe and the Republic of South Africa (RSA).
The HFPCWU has got over 8,000 members across the country.