Zimbabwe Banks and Allied Workers Union The Zimbabwe Banks and Allied Workers Union (ZIBAWU) is a Trade Union whose main role and function is to protect and promote the interest of workers in the Banking Industry and related Financial Sector in Zimbabwe. Established in 1961, ZIBAWU is the largest organisation representing employees in the banking and financial services sector in Zimbabwe.Background Established in 1961, the Zimbabwe Banks and Allied Workers Union (ZIBAWU) is the largest organisation representing employees in the banking and financial services sector in Zimbabwe. In 1977 the South African Society of Bank Officials, of which the Rhodesian Society of Bank Officials (RHOSBO) is an off-shot, issued a handbook setting out the basic details of the agreed minimum conditions of service which SASBO had been able to obtain for their members since its formation. It was decided that a similar booklet be adopted by RHOSBO.. About fifteen years later, due to the increasing differences in industrial legislation between South Africa and Rhodesia - now called Zimbabwe, after obtaining independance in 1980, it was decided that a separate society to look after the interests of the bank officials in the latter country was needed and accordingly the Rhodesian Society of Bank Officials was formed in October 1961. At that time, the Trade Union was predominantly white and therefore catered for the white minority. In 1980 when Zimbabwe attained independence, RHOSBO changed its name to ZISBO (Zimbabwe Society for Bank Officials) with Ben Chikwanha from Barclays Bank as the first black president of the Union. In 1990, the Union changed its name from ZISBO to Zimbabwe Banks and Allied Workers Union (ZIBAWU).The advent of trade liberalisation saw Merchant Banks and Discount Houses being opened in the financial services sector. The discount houses and merchant banks became the allied to the traditional banks. After independence and following Mr. Ben Chikwanha, the following are the past Presidents of the Union in that order. Mr. Amos Mhindurwa (ex-Stanbic Bank), Mr. Richard Mawoyo(ex-Barclays now late), Mr. Fidelis Chibwe(ex-CBZ), Mr. L. Mapfumo(ex- Stanbic Bank), Mr. Shingirai Mungate ( Ex Standard Chartered Bank of Zimbabwe)and Mr George Kawenda who is still with Barclays Bank Zimbabwe. Of necessary mention is the fact that Mr. George Kawenda was the longest serving President of the Union. His leadership span over a period of more than ten years. The Trade Union holds its Congress every two years to elect new leadership comprising the President, the Vice-President and the National Executive members drawn from the various Union branches countrywide. The National Executive is tasked with the responsibility of running the affairs of the Union in between congresses. The day to day management of the Union is vested in the General Secretary who is an ex-officio member of the National Executive. The President of the Union is the chairman of the National Executive Committee. The current President of the Union is Mr Tawanda Mutemi.
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The Zimbabwe Banks and Allied Workers Union is a Trade Union whose main role and function is to protect and promote the interest of workers in the Banking Industry and related Financial Sector in Zimbabwe.
To promote and protect the rights, interests and expectations, of our members through the provision of an efficient service and in so doing we shall endeavour to maintain and promote harmonious relations in the banking and finance sector and society at large. We guarantee satisfactory membership service and assure that our service is beyond expectation - we can always do better.
To be a Union of excellence, aware of and sensitive to our membership’s aspirations, focusing on growth and influence anchored on unmatched high level of loyalty and activism.
a) To improve the conditions of service and to protect the interests of its members, individually and collectively in relation to their employers, government and other Organisations.
b) To regulate the relationship between members and their employers and to represent members in all matters that may arise between them and stakeholders.
c) To provide legal assistance and advise its members on matters affecting their rights and interests.
d) To establish and administer a provident, benevolent or any other fund for the benefit of its members and staff and or/their dependants.
e) To carry out research, obtain information and ensure dissemination of the information among its members.
f) To eradicate, in financial services industries, any form of discrimination based on race, colour, creed, political opinion, extraction, social origin, gender, health status, religion or age.
g) To use every legitimate means to persuade, influence or urge all persons who are eligible for membership to become members.
h) To encourage and promote gender activism with a view of establishing and maintaining gender balance.
We extend our warm invitation to all employees in the Banking and Financial sector to come and join us. As an employee, you deserve to become a member of ZIBAWU. Your support promotes a better future for everyone in the finance sector, better terms of employment, better career advancement, better salaries and better job security. Good things dont just happen on their own, you need to play your part and fight for what is rightfully yours.
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