The Hotels, Food Processing and Catering Workers Union of Malawi (HFPCWU) has embarked on a drive to expand its wings to reach out to many workers as possible in the hospitality sector this year.
This has been said by the Union’s General Secretary Shakespeare Sesani following a successful sensitization meeting which was held lately at Kara Umura Lodge in the tea growing district of Mulanje.
The meeting attracted 36 participants with only 2 women, a development Sesani says they have got a big task to attract many women to become members of HFPCWU in the district as it is the case with others like Blantyre, Mangochi, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.
Said Sesani, “We had a fruitful meeting and it was pleasing to not that the participants were free to share with us a number of things like the challenges they are experiencing at their work place.
“You see some workers when they hear about HFPCWU they have a misconception that may be it is a political party or a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO). So we shared with them what we are as well as the benefits of becoming members of the Union,” explained Sesani.
In addition, Sesani said that some of the Challenges which the workers face at various work places are that they are given only given 14 days of leave instead of 18 for those who work 6 days per week as well as not knowing their exact minimum wages.
“As for Mulanje members we are still discussing with them so that they should have good conditions of service.
“Another thing we are doing is to explain to the workers that they have to follow the right channels before rushing to go on strike. It was encouraging to note that all the participants had shown keen interest to learn more about the Union,” he added.
He further said that the HFPCWU intends to organize more sensitization meetings in the other lodges of Mulanje to increase their membership so that they should know a number of vital things at their work places like pension, taxes and minimum wages.
Sesani commended Kara Umura management for offering them a hall free of charge where the meeting took place and that HFPCWU paid for all the other costs.