ILO calls for labor unions to have balanced representation in their leadership structures

WINDHOEK: The International Labor Organization (ILO) has called for labor unions to have balanced representation in their leadership structures.

ILO Senior Specialist for Workers’ Activities, Inviolata Chinyangarara said during a media workshop here on Tuesday that because anyone can register a labor union in Namibia, it is necessary for every union to ensure that its leadership comprises people who have worked in the sectors they are representing.

Chinyangarara said academics should also form part of these structures.

She indicated that where there is a lack of experience in a particular labor sector, issues may not be articulated with collective bargaining and policy influence.

The workshop was hosted by the Trade Union Congress of Namibia (Tucna) on Tuesday and yesterday to engage local journalists from print, broadcast and electronic media and trade union representatives to build mutually beneficial relationships and to foster effective communication with the media.