Now that you have filled in and signed the Stop Order, the General Secretary will give you the numbered membership card and submit your name/s to your employer informing them about your decision which in in accordance with section 5 of the Industrial and Labour Relations Act CAP 269 of the Laws of Zambia which states as follows:-

Section 5. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in any other written law and subject only to the provisions of Constitution and this Act every employee shall have the following rights:

(a) the right to take part in the formation of a trade union;

(b) the right to be a member of a trade union of that employee’s choice within the sector, trade, undertaking, establishment or industry in which that employee is engaged. As amended by Act. No 8 of 2008

(c) the right, at any appropriate time, to take part in the activities of a trade union including

any activities as, or with a view to becoming, an officer of the trade union, seeking election

or accepting appointment, and if so elected or appointed, to hold office as such officer

subject only to the constitution of the trade union concerned

New Recognition Agreement

Where unionisable employees working in an organization which has no Recognition Agreement with ZUFIAW, the minimum required number to enter into Recognition Agreement is twenty five (25) eligible employees.

 After receiving twenty five application forms and twenty five Stop Orders, the General Secretary issues pre-numbered membership cards and submit the list of names of new members to management, accompanied by a Draft Memorandum of Recognition Agreement and ZUFIAW Constitution.

What follows is negotiation and signing of the Recognition Agreement. The period in which to conclude the signing of the Recognition Agreement is within three months. The signed Recognition Agreement is then submitted to the Ministry of Labour & Social Security who registers and ratifies the document.

After the Recognition Agreement is ratified, the Union collects proposals to improve their conditions of service and submits to General Secretary who in turn submits to management for commencement of negotiations.

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