Tuesday, 16 January 2018



EATUC with support from Friedrich Ebert Stiftung-Tanzania organized two day consultative meeting with other sub-regional partner organizations took place from  12th - 13th October 2015, at Kibo Palace Hotel, Arusha, Tanzania, to discuss the Draft Tripartite Charter on Good Governance in the Extractive Industry in the EAC Region. The meeting was attended by ten participants from various regional organizations including East African Employers Organization(EAEO), East African Business Council(EABC), East African Civil Society Organization’s Forum(EACSOF), and East Africa Law Society(EALAS)




East African Trade Union Confederation (EATUC) organized a three day Youth Academy Camp from 5th to 7th October 2015 hosted by COTU-K at Tom Mboya Labour College in Kisumu Kenya. The Academy brought together approximately 30 young activists from  EATUC  affiliates, five youth from TUCTA, five youth from ZATUC, five youth from COSYBU, five youth from NOTU ,seven youth from COTU and three youth representatives from LOFTF Council. Out of 30 participants, twelve were females and eighteen were males.Representatives from ILO- Dar es Salaam Office and ILO- Nairobi Office and EATUC staff were facilitators during the sessions.

The objective of the Youth Academy Camp was to build the capacities of young activists on salient themes whiles rekindling the spirit of trade unionism and reinforcing camaraderie among participants as they share experiences

During the youth academy camp, the sessions were both in door sessions and outdoor sessions with a mixture of short interactives lectures, group work, team building games, role plays, and a study tour at shop level, social media sessions, morning exercises, and evening activities. Participants were divided into four groups (Rad, Yellow, Green and Blue), the groups were involved in group work, morning exercises and evening activities.

During his opening remarks, EATUC Chairman Bro. Francis Atwoli said it gives him great pleasure to have opportunity to speak with young trade unionists, Chairman was giving his background in his trade union movement since 1967 when he joined East African Posts and Telecommunication Administration (EATPA) and barely two months later, was elected a shop steward of the union of Kenya Posts and Telecommunication Employees (UPTE-K) becoming the youngest shop steward ever to be elected in the union.

He said as EATUC, our interest is to ensure that your trade union leaders find home in the trade union movement. It is more important than ever that we offer a radical alternative to neo-liberal coalition policies that have already reversed our trade union rights, recovery and threatens to wreck the economy for decades to come at your expenses

He said however, young workers are more likely to be engaged in low skill, low paid employment, with little or no power to bargain directly with their employers over wages and conditions. This makes workers particularly vulnerable to exploitation and ill-treatment and this is where strong and well organized trade unions play a crucial role in protecting and improving your terms and conditions to service at work

He added that with the increasing of the work force and the concurrent rise in youth unemployment, it is harder than ever for young people to be engaged in decent, permanent, paid work. This means it is more important than ever for young people to be outspoken trade unionists. Youth are key to the future of the union movement and survival participation in union activities should be nurtured and encouraged .Apparently youth are in the best position to voice their own issues and concerns, and therefore affiliates should actively attempt to engage young union members in decision making around youth oriented campaigns and organizing efforts and let your achievements be regularly showcased in union communications, publications and online content

He concluded his opening remarks by assured to give appropriate support and encouragement for youth to take on further leadership roles within their workplace and in their unions noting that many young people who are exposed to the union movement go on to have rewarding careers as union officials.

The last Session of the Youth Academy Camp in day three, the participants came up with  the recommendations on how trade unions should involve the youth on trade union matters and how should the next EATUC camp be organized, the recommendations were presented during the  Committee of Experts Meeting in Kisumu.



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