Fight for union takes new twist

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THE tussle for power between two warring factions at the National Mine Workers’ Union of Zimbabwe took a new twist last month after the Registrar of Labour Grace Kanyayi withdrew the registration certificate for the Ndodana Sithole-led faction which she ruled as operating illegally.

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Kanyayi declared Tinashe Mugwira as the legitimate leader of the union following a meeting she chaired at her offices on January 17 where both factions were in attendance.

“After the admission by both camps that from the time the certificate was issued, every process that followed was done outside the registered constitution, giving no room for the registrar’s office to enforce or recognise the  union  hence they should be guided by what is obtained from the file,” read part of the recommendations signed by Kanyayi.

Kanyayi urged Sithole’s faction to negotiate to be accommodated by Mugwira until the court had put final closure to the matter.

“Until the court order, the other camp (Sithole) may negotiate to be accommodated by the registered union . . . ZCTU (Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions) should return the certificate of registration to the registrar who will keep it until such a time the court rules on the matter,” wrote Kanyayi. The meeting came after employers raised concerns over the wrangle.