Sunday, 19 November 2017

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EATUC in Collaboration with Solidarity Center organized a communications training which was held in Southern Sun Hotel, Dar es Salaam Tanzania from 26th to27th February 2015. Solidarity Center launched a long-term collaboration and mentoring program for EATUC advocacy and communications staff as they promote their organization’s positions, supports their leadership, and help strengthen and coordinate unions’ arguments within the EAC.

The training focused on message development, strategies, tactics and advocacy around the issue of Social Security portability for workers within the EAC. The training guided participants through the process of analysing this issue, developing a strategy for effective presentation of the issue to policy makers and the general public, creating a media outreach plan and generating a method for tracking each organization’s advocacy and outreach efforts and successes.

Following the training, participants will support their union’s advocacy efforts; help craft winning messages and work to transfer skills to union leadership and members, supporting country as well as EAC-wide labour goals.

EATUC partnered with the Solidarity Centre to organaise this important workshop that was facilitated by media and communication specialist, kate Conradt who has more than 20 years’ experience in media outreach, effective messaging and advocacy and Carolyn Butler from Solidarity Center, Washington DC. Participants from COSYBU- Burundi, COTU-Kenya, TUCTA-Tanzania NOTU-Uganda and EATUC staff attended the training.

Uganda has scrapped work permit fees and visa requirements for Kenyans and Rwandans entering and leaving the country.

The decision is in line with the ongoing implementation of the “free movement” system under the East African Community Common Market Protocol that was signed in 2009 by presidents Museveni (Uganda), Mwai Kibaki (Kenya), Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania), Paul Kagame (Rwanda) and Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi.

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