Dear Shop Stewards

This year the 3rd Annual Shop Steward conference was attended by over 100 delegates from several African countries namely Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, Ghana, Nigeria, Botswana and South Africa. For the first time ever ITC provided an all inclusive platform for both unions and industries to speak and collaborate.

ITC had a record number of 8 speakers rated above 60% “Excellent”,
as per your evaluation form, thank you for your feedback!

Ntombi P Khumalo, CWU Shop Steward, SENTECH
Alex Mohubetswane Mashilo, Head Of Department Organising, Campaigns and Collective Bargaining Department, NATIONAL UNION OF METAL WORKERS OF SOUTH AFRICA
Thapelo Molapo, VP HR & Training, TOYOTA SOUTH AFRICA
Prof Manie Spoelstra, Negotiation Expert, INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATION ACADEMY
Greg Dalton, Financial Consultant,
Neil Abrahams, Training Manager, CONTINENTAL TYRES

Some of the key outcomes after the conference, during the open forum include:
as per your evaluation form, thank you for your feedback!

  • We are all leaders in our areas and with leadership come responsibility. Hence we should watch our activities and words because they have a potential to either go east or west
  • Shop Stewards need to be politically matured to understand the environment of their respective countries
  • As Shop Stewards we are representatives of the working force of our areas hence we must be at the forefront advocating for a stop in abuse against women and children
  • In collective bargaining the role for management is to maintain industrial peace while the unions role is to maintain employment standards
  • Do not be bought by political parties
  • Being a union is about better working conditions not just about wages
The conference was rated as:
74% Excellent, 26% Good

Each delegate received an ITC branded Lunch box bag that will go a long way in reminding them of their 3- day experience with ITC. Two free seats was given away by ITC during a draw to attend the Zambia Conference scheduled for June this year as well as the South Africa Conference for next year

We look forward to hearing some success stories of how our delegates went back to their respective companies and represented the workforce in the best possible way to see positive results for all.