Tsvangirai calls for mass action

HARARE - Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday urged workers to take to the streets to demand the 2 million jobs promised by President Robert Mugabe in the run up to last year’s general elections.

Tsvangirai, who was speaking at the Workers’ Day celebrations at Gwanzura Stadium in Harare, said the economic crisis would not be resolved if the Zanu PF government was not put under pressure.

“I am a man who believes in action,” Tsvangirai said. “Maybe, I am getting old but the young workers must be seen to be taking the initiative because we need to put pressure on the government to respond to the national crisis. We used to have over 2 million workers, where are they? They have all gone into the informal sector and that is Zanu PF’s record,” he said amid applause.

Addressing the same gathering, ZCTU president George Nkiwane warned that workers would take to the streets if government proceeds with its decision to review the Labour Act.

Nkiwane said government was bent on empowering employers to pay poor wages and allow employers to hire and fire workers willy-nilly.

“We reiterate that we will use all the energy we have to resist changes to the labour law that have adverse effects on the workers, even if it means taking to the streets to protect workers,” Nkiwane said.

Meanwhile, Public Service minister Nicholas Goche snubbed the May Day celebrations and sent a representative with a prepared speech. Goche’s represantative Fanwell Francis Mafuratidze was booed by the workers the moment he mentioned “ZimAsset” in the prepared speech.

Even the intervention of ZCTU secretary-general Japhet Moyo could not silence the workers who were clearly not interested in listening to the speech, calling on Mafuratidze to sit down.

“Let him speak comrades, we know what he wants to say but we gave him the chance because we represent everyone regardless of political affiliation. Can we have order please we want discipline,” Moyo pleaded with the defiant workers.

This year’s celebrations were held under the theme “Workers Intensify the Struggle; No to labour market flexibility.”

Comments (14)

Zimbos will neva take to the streets they are cowardice its wasting tym

protestor - 2 May 2014

If we remain domicile we will perish,they are busy crafting new labour laws that makes it easy to fire workers by employers . what a pitty.

pagomo - 2 May 2014

This is what they call indegenisation. The bustereds have taken the farms and companies and now want to change labour laws so that they wont pay workers.

Mushandi Mukuru - 2 May 2014

Tsvangirai certainly is beating a dead horse here. The people of Zimbabwe are too poor to take to the streets. The country needs economic development, and worker prosperity will follow.

Freedom and prosperity for all Zimbabweans - 2 May 2014

People need to be organized properly for any mass action to be effective. We need to start in small ways then graduate to the mother of all mass actions. The parties may lobby public transporters to stop offering services for say half a day protesting against police harassment. There may be need to lobby telecommunications operators to switch off communications for a day or so to register their displeasure at the state of affairs. We may also need to lobby teachers, doctors etc to do the same thing. After these small successes people will become more bold to engage in mass stay-aways and public demonstrations. There is therefore need for effective mass organizers and Tsvangirai does not seem to be one such as he is expressing doubt and delegating the whole thing to "young workers".

Dix Munamati - 2 May 2014

save we salute you, you are our hero aluta continua let mbiti join the grave it will leave him in the middle of nowhere no one rules for ever its a matter of time before you become the second and most revered leader of a free zimbabwe.

sibanda brighton - 2 May 2014

THE ONCE- UPON-TIME PRIME MINISTER AND TRADE UNION LEADER TSVANGIRAI KNOWS THAT HIS LEADERSHIP OF HIS SELF-TITLED IS ON THE LINE AND MAY BE DOOMED RATHER SOONER THAN LATER. THE POLITICAL ZOMBIE (EITHER DEAD OR LIVE) IS CRIMINALLY URGING THE WORKLESS WORKERS TO GO ONTO THE STREETS KNOWING FULLY WELL THAT THEY WILL BE HEAVILY DEALT BY THE LAW AND ORDER FORCES. THE HUMPTY DUMPTY FORMER PRIME MINISTER WANTS TO BE RELEVENT? HE WILL CYNICALLY USE ANY MEANS AT HIS DISPOSAL WITHOUT THE CONCEQUENCES AS LONG AS HE IS THE ONE TO GAIN. -

Rabison Nyundo ( THE HAMMER) - 2 May 2014

We salute you Save for your bravery. Leave the puppets alone. For sure the younger generation will help you organize the mass resistance project. All workers should take GVT to task. Where are the promised jobs, salaries and allowances. We will get to canaan for sure but we are well aware that there are lots of snares and it will never be easy with thieves and robbers aiming to maintain their status qua. You are our chosen moses and we will follow

RAYMOND - 2 May 2014

Ko iwe I remember you saying you have the key to unlock the economy and money for the povo asi dzakazo rasika here nha Humphty Dumpty

jm kanhu kako - 2 May 2014

kikikikiki, Morgan akapera kare kare. He is a waste of time. Where has he been all these years? He is a CIO I'm certain. It's time to retire Tsvangirai.

Vashe - 3 May 2014

@Rabison nyundo, this is how you always instill fear into the people of Zimbabwe and also misleading them, how can you say they would be heavily dealt with by the law and order forces. Is peaceful demonstrations a crime, if I may ask

I - 3 May 2014

Zimbabweans know their peace better. What he is instigating for cannot be achieved. Which Zimbo in his right mind will toyi toyi in the streets?

Cde Mafa - 3 May 2014

Chabhuroka

Ban'a - 3 May 2014

Morgan Tsvangirai...is a serious Day-Dreamer (D D) he must know that to implement a the ZIM-ASSET is not like going to the lavatry and do-it,flush after that...you can't do it overnite...who take to the streets...ngumtakabani lowo? stupid Morgan Tsvangirai.....now it is clear last kicks of a Big dying horse....Please Morgan Tsvangirai think BIG.....

silungisani ndlovu - 4 May 2014

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