Members of COMIKAGI tipped on the benefits of working with REWU Trade Union

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On August 25, 2021, in the meeting room of the COMIKAGI Cooperative in Gakenke District, officials from the Rwanda Extractive Industry Workers Union (REWU) held a meeting with the representatives of COMIKAGI from the four mining sites in Gakenke District to discuss how the workers should commence their Trade Union activities.

COMIKAGI is the cooperative that extracts cassiterite/tantalum (tantalite) in the Gakenke district.

During the meeting, REWU has clearly explained to the members of the cooperative how they will benefit from REWU partnership once the Trade Union starts operations.

In any mining sites where there is an active committee of the REWU Trade Union, it is easier to access REWU services, including the promotion of dialogues between employees and the Employer.

It has become clear that when an employee has a good relationship with his or her employer it increases productivity and Development on both sides.

Representatives of COMIKAGI were also briefed on the fact that the REWU Trade Union is involved in improving the well-being of the workers, as explained by the Deputy Secretary General of the REWU Mr. Bwanakweli Jean Marie Vianney.

Mr. Bwanakweli gave concrete examples of the development activities that REWU is imparting to its members, confirming that even the members of COMIKAGI have the right to REWU Services as long as they work closely with the Union.

He acknowledges that REWU represents the interests of mining and quarrying workers, so that one should not worry that REWU services will not reach him while he/she is a member.

Mr. Bwanakweli noted Mr. Musabyimana Deogratias, the REWU Coordinator for the Northern and Eastern Provinces, has come to live in the Ruli sector in Gakenke District to further bring the REWU activities closer.

Also at the meeting, the Vice-Chairperson of COMIKAGI, Mrs. Colleta Nyirahabimana commended the activities of REWU and pledged their cooperation in the implementation of REWU’s programs.

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