Zimbabwe Open University Academics Staff Association (ZOUASA) president Augustine K. Mubika has outlined the mandate of his association which he said will not leave no stone unturned in an effort to represent workers at all levels.
Cde Mubika, who has been at the helm of the association since 2006 said his association’s main mandate, is to represent the interest of the academics in terms of staff development, conduct and sabbatical leave as well as research. This also involves engaging the government on issues to do with workers welfare.
In an interview with ZOU media team, Cde Mubika quickly noted some of the achievements his association has done this far.
Cde Mubika, who seem to have a rich vein of knowledge in terms of lobbying, wears another jacket at the highest level where he is the secretary general of the Zimbabwe State Universities of Academics, (ZSUA), a technical regulatory committee that represent all state universities.
“Again this committee helps in negotiating for our salaries as state universities, bonuses and any form of training that our membership might want.”
Coming back to ZOU, there are a number of disciplinary issues that the association handles whereby they will be representing their members.
“This I will say with a smile, ever since I took over as the leader of the association, not even a single academic has ever lost his or her job each time we go for disciplinary hearings. This is a clear indication that we doing a good job in liaison with our management,” he said.
He added that a lot of things like blackmailing do happen at different workplaces, workers throwing spanners for each other, but he was optimistic that his association will continue to handle such cases with distinct.
“We have had cases which might have seen other people losing their jobs, cases that are created against other fellow workers for the reasons best known to those who do create them but, we have remained resolute.”
He however urged all association members to report any form of victimization or ill-treatment to the leadership of the association in time.
“We will also move in terms of fair distribution of resources to ensure a successful implementation of all ministry programmes.
In his conclusion, Mubika said for ZOU to successfully carry out its mandate, workers should get support from the government especially in the areas of learning, research and community service so as to fit well in the new dispensation.