UASA Media Release: 24 November 2021
In picture: Sub-Saharan youth during Youth and ICT, Digital Tools and Methods for Organising and Collective Bargaining workshop in Cape Town.
Statement by Abigail Moyo, spokesperson of the trade union UASA:
UASA, as part of organised labour, attended the Youth and ICT, Digital Tools and Methods for Organising and Collective Bargaining workshop through the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and International Federation of Workers’ Education Association (IFWEA) in Cape Town today.
The aim of the workshop is to educate young shop stewards and unionists in organised labour about social media reporting and its impact on the growth and relevance of organised labour with a strong focus on values and ethics.
“Africa is still facing challenges with social media as some workers in rural areas or disadvantaged regions have limited access to technology and find it difficult to keep up with the fast-paced world we are trying to build amidst the 4 th Industrial Revolution (4IR) and industrialisation,” said IFWEA workshop coordinator Saliem Patel.
IndustriALL Sub-Saharan Africa Chairperson Akedi Dume emphasised that technology is the most powerful tool at the disposal of today’s youth.
“As a young leader, I encourage the youth who are actively involved in organised labour to become pioneers of labour rights and accountability. It is up to us to change unlawful behaviours that affect the labour force and the rights of people in the workplace,” he said.
The workshop brought together young unionists from Kenya, Zambia and South Africa to tackle the challenges they face in the labour force and workplaces in their countries.
The young delegates were encouraged to share the information and knowledge they gained during the workshop with members in their unions.
“Educating union members about the power of social media and technology in terms of effective communication, growth, relevance and efficiency is the only way to ensure they catch-up with the ever growing technology and 4IR trends across the world,” concluded Patel.
For further enquiries or to set up a personal interview, contact Abigail Moyo at 065 170 0162 .