SATUCCSouthern African Trade Union Coordination Council
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SATUCC is of the opinion that this right should be entrenched in the Constitution of every individual member state of SADC.
SATUCC has played a major role at SADC with the drafting and implementation of the SADC Charter on Social Rights and was also a key player in the negotiations which culminated in the adoption and signing of the Protocol on Employment and Labor at SADC.
At the recent 13th Triennial Delegates Congress of the Botswana Federation of Trade (BFTU) the executive secretary of SATUCC, Austin Muneku has lamented poor unionisation of the working class in Botswana as it hinders consolidation of the working class for common and collective action to advance and defend the rights of workers.
SATUCC seems to be hampered by independent dynamism and effective leadership, which also reflects on the weaknesses of some national trade unions within SADC.
The strongest trade union federation in SADC is COSATU but COSATU does not participate directly in any institutional body of SADC, even though another perspective might be that COSATU is represented in the institutional bodies of SADC through SATUCC. Former secretary-general of COSATU, Zwelinzima Vavi, in a speech at a COSATU meeting on globalization in 2001 stated: