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Musicians Union of Malawi gets K20 million funding

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Swedish Music Union has given Musicians Union of Malawi (Mum) a K20 million funding that among others will be used for training.

Mum President Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango said they were excited to receive K20 million funding from Swedish Musicians Union.

“This is a big development for us. You may recall that almost three years ago s we changed from being an association to a union. Members of the union have a legal right to engage in collective bargaining with an employer and the employer is legally obligated to bargain with the union,” said Mhango.

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He said it was for this reason that they felt that as musicians they needed to have basic training on union skills.

“So this is the project we are implementing this year and to be successful we have decided to have good friends around us and hence the decision to develop a strong cooperation with Malawi Congress of Trade Union (MCTU),” Mhango said.

He said Swedish Musicians Union will support them with over K20 million funding and that they will monitor and evaluate their activities.

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“We are also expecting some experts from Sweden to join us for some training sessions. As Mum we will be involved in the overall management of the project with support from our partners,”Mhango said.

The Mum leader also said this project will aim at wooing musicians in the country to be members of the union.

“The training will be conducted in all the chapters. I would therefore like to thank our partners for the trust placed upon us.

Let me also assure the partners that we will handle this project professionally and we expect to achieve great results which will not only benefit musicians but the whole nation,” Mhango said.

Some quarters have said Mum has come out with brilliant initiatives but most of them are only on paper and are not implemented.

Emre Sorkun from Swedish Musicians Union said they have been in partnership with Mum for close to 10 years and that they were impressed with their operations.

“We are not only working with Mum but several other unions in Africa. We are satisfied with the projects Mum is involved in and this is why we have committed K20 million. We are actually also impressed with the work of the Women’s Desk,” Sorkun said.

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