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ZCTU, informal traders forge ties

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THE Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Association (ZCIEA) aimed at uplifting the living standa

rds of informal workers.

ZCTU president Lovemore Matombo and ZCIEA president Valentine Chikonyora and the two organisations’ secretary-generals appended their signatures to the agreement. According to the MoU, the bi-partite relationship will allow the two organisations to jointly lobby for legislation that promotes the operations of the informal economy. It is also aimed at securing financial assistance by lobbying for a budget allocation from government, fundraising and donations.

The ZCIEA hopes to benefit from the arrangement through the incorporation of its interests by the ZCTU onto the Tripartite Negotiating Forum (TNF) and any other forum.

“We dedicate ourselves to the transformation of our activities, we want to stand up and be counted,” Chikonyora said at the signing ceremony in Mutare last week. “We want to be reflected in the national figures not as estimates or just as outflows of revenue. Our productivity shall add value to our GDP and so we shall push for our national policies, development plans and programmes to accommodate informal economy activities.”

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