The Chairperson of SEATINI, Collen Gwiyo is a seasoned trade unionist from the 1990s, where he led the Zimbabwe Banks and Allied Workers Union for 15 years as the General secretary. In 2001, he was elected deputy Secretary General of the ZCTU. In 2006, he was nominated into the Youg Global Leaders(YGL) a partner of the world economic Forum. He is a Harvard Alumni 2007 JFK school of Governace and Politics. He left the trade union movement to become a legislator for the opposition party in 2008. He was one of the prominent trade unionists who fiercely resisted the implementation of Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) because of its devastating effects on the labour force that among other things included the removal of subsidies on basic needs, retrenchments and the weakening of legislation towards protection of workers. Thus his experience as a trade unionist helps SEATINI forge close links with workers and he is very conversant with the labour laws of Zimbabwe in which he has a diploma. He plays a useful advisory role in SEATINI’s efforts on movement building. He served parliament until 2013. As an ex-parliamentarian he is acquainted with the parliamentary procedures and has useful contacts with the institution. Thus he defines the role that legislative body should play in SEATINI’s advocacy and lobbying program and facilitates meetings between SEATINI and the various parliamentary portfolio committees. Currently he is a board member of LEDRIZ and studying for a BA.Hons. majoring in English and History at the Catholic University, Harare.
SEATINI’s dream for a future world is one without war and violence. It is one where nobody needs to go hungry or thirsty, or without clothing, shelter, clean water, ample sources of energy, good health and education, and the higher pursuits of knowledge. It is a dream of a borderless world, where people move freely between climes and cultures, and where social structures, inclusion, culture and dignity give more status than consumer goods. It is a world where the benefits of the phenomenal advancement of science and technology are available to all, where these are applied to satisfy all the reasonable and sensible material needs of the world’s populations, where survival, access to basic needs and dignity are not dependent on paid labour
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