ZCTU sues affiliate over $20 000 contribution arrears

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has dragged its affiliate, the Zimbabwe Textiles and Allied Workers’ Union (ZTAWU), to court demanding unremitted members’ contributions amounting to $20 000.


In summons filed at the High Court on May 5 this year, ZCTU said ZTAWU was obliged to deduct and remit, by means of a check-off system in place, its members’ contributions to the mother body in terms of its constitution.

“As at the end of December 2016, the defendant was owing the plaintiff a total of $20 000. The amount is based on the declared membership. Currently, the defendant’s declared membership is 1 252,” ZCTU said.

“The declared membership is then multiplied by 3%, which is the figure set out by plaintiff at its general conference. Despite demand, the defendant has refused, failed and/or neglected to pay the said amount in full.”

The trade union umbrella body further said it had been left with no option but to approach the courts for an order compelling the workers’ union to pay the entire amount, which was due and owing.

“Wherefore, plaintiff’s claim against the defendant is payment of the sum of $20 000 plus cost of suit,” it said. The matter is still pending.


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