With financial support from Trust Africa under RECLAIM SUISTANABILITY Program, Tea Association of Malawi (TAML) joined the international community to commemorate International Labour Day on 1st May ,2023. The event took place at Masintha ground in the Capital City, Lilongwe. The commemoration started with a solidarity walk from Lilongwe town hall to Masintha ground.
Plantation and Agriculture Workers Union representatives during solidarity walk.
His Excellency, The President of the Republic of Malawi, Honorable Vice President who graced the event and other government officials toured pavilions mounted by several companies and unions.
Speaking on TAML’s pavilion, TAML Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Tonda Chinangwa accompanied by Plantation and Agriculture Workers Union (PAWU), Trust Africa Regional Manager and TAML staff spoke about the effective Labour interventions that TAML adopted to ensure decent work in the Tea Industry. He stressed that through the Collective Bargaining initiative, TAML and PAWU negotiate on wages and other working conditions of employment in the Tea Industry. He added that TAML and PAWU established Recognition Agreement which allows the union to recruit and organize members in the industry.
H.E, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera touring TAML pavilion.
Furthermore, the CEO talked about how TAML is using the Gender equality, harassment and discrimination policy that was developed in 2017 by the industry. He explained that the policy guides TAML work in gender mainstreaming and sets a direct path to zero tolerance to harassment and violence environment through the grievance and redress mechanism and that TAML employed more than 60,000 people with 35% representation of women. Lastly, he shared that TAML raised 25 million kwacha to support survivors of cyclone Freddy with food and non-food items in Mulanje and Thyolo districts as part of Tigwirane manja initiative.
TAML Staff and Trust Africa Regional Manager
International Labour Day commemoration takes place on 1st May every year. This year's event was spiced up by various performances from different groups. The event took place under the theme’ ‘Natural disasters a threat to livelihoods and Decent work; creating Decent jobs and Extending social protection is key to Sustainable Recovery’’.