The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has called on President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration to stop labelling workers demanding fair wages as terrorists in order to justify a clampdown on their rights.
The call came yesterday as workers’ unions across the globe stood in solidarity with underpaid Zimbabwean workers during commemorations of the Global Day of Action.
“We are calling on all our affiliates and international partners to stand in solidarity with the workers of Zimbabwe and support the (Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions) ZCTU demands to the Zimbabwean government to stop the continued arrests abductions, intimidation, harassment, torture and judicial persecution of the trade unionists, their families and civil society and to stop labelling them terrorists,” ITUC said in a statement.
The workers unions also urged Zimbabwe to respect human rights and the rule of law and allow citizens to exercise their rights, including the right to strike.
“Pay workers with a valuable currency linked to the poverty datum line. Allow Southern African Development Community (Sadc) and International Labour Organisation to expeditiously facilitate and mediate an all-inclusive national dialogue to resolve the socio-economic and political crisis in Zimbabwe,” it said.
The Communist Party of Britain said the achievements of Zimbabwe’s national liberation struggle should be protected to guarantee political stability in the country.
“We support your demands that the achievements of Zimbabwe’s national liberation struggle be protected and that those providing social services in health and education are paid a wage that meets their needs and that all be provided with the dignity of work,” Communist party general-secretary Robert Griffiths said.
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