ZCTU warns new Zanu PF govt

NYANGA - Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), has warned the incoming Zanu PF government of labour unrest if it ignores the concerns of workers.

Addressing delegates who attended an International Labour Standards for Trade Unions at Troutbeck Hotel in Nyanga yesterday, ZCTU secretary-general Japhet Moyo said his organisation would take the revolutionary party head-on if it fails to meet the demands of workers.

ZCTU is demanding Poverty Datum Line-linked salaries while also pushing for the finalisation of labour law reforms.

“We are going to work with anyone who comes into government as long as they address the workers’ demands,” Moyo said.

“But we want to warn Zanu PF, which is going to be in government, that if it ignores workers you will be in trouble.”

Moyo said workers’ concerns have been ignored over the past years by the previous coalition government and expressed fear that there were high expectations from the exclusive Zanu PF government.

“We want to see work done on workers’ demands regardless of who is in power,” he said.

“The previous government did nothing for workers as the major parties, Zanu PF and MDC spent much of their time haggling over useless issues instead of real issues affecting the workers."

The labour body is demanding decent work for all, decent salaries in line with the PDL hovering around $560 for all workers in private and public sector and the finalisation of labour reforms he said had been stalled at Cabinet level.

“There is going to be a new president on Thursday following the just-ended elections but he is the same old man whose party has bad blood with us and the workers and  if his new government is going to listen to our demands and address them, like I said earlier on, we will work with them,” Moyo said.

“Our main concern is not who is in government but what the workers need for decent living.”

The ZCTU leader also warned that the country could be plunged into crisis by the incoming government if it resorts to its old tactics of fighting the workers agenda and investors.

He demanded the new government to create employment for the jobless people of Zimbabwe, particularly youths. Unemployment in Zimbabwe is over 80 percent in Zimbabwe ­— one of the highest in the world.

Comments (6)

If you think you will get any joy from this government,forget about it my dear.These thugs do not think of anyone except themselves.

Gandanga - 21 August 2013


ATZ - 21 August 2013

Lets now take the bull by its horns. If they think they are clever this time they are grossly mistaken. They can rig the elections but I doubt if they can do the same to the economy. the war is now on!!!!!!

Sufferer - 21 August 2013

Japhet Moyo, as long as you do not pretend to represent workers workers on forums like the Nyanga whilst at night you wine and dine with the employers federation like you and the MDC-T used to do, it will be fine. Remember its a difficult balancing act to serve to masters (Employers and Employees) at once. If you go back to your old ways, the workers will dump you again like they did the MDC-T. be careful

Prosper Chinamhora - 21 August 2013


HRE - 21 August 2013

its funny how my fellow Zimbabweans want to make each other suffer just becoz they dont like the guy on top, the funny thing is whateva workers do wetha its strikes, demonstrations etc its going to affect them, you are the ones who is going to suffer, spending days on the street its not going to bring food on the table when you get home. i always repeat my statements, whateva you do its going to make the ordinary zimbabwean suffer and since people say the majority is MDC i guess they will be making themselves suffer, do you really think the guy on top is going to be affected by whateva you do, you are only making yourself suffer PERIOD!!

mytruezim - 21 August 2013

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