Mugabe's Zanu PF has failed workers

HARARE - Yesterday, Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in commemorating Workers’ Day but there was no euphoria, no great expectations as the governing Zanu PF has destroyed whatever working force that we once had.

It is common knowledge that less than 20 percent of the country’s population is formally employed and that instead of having a pool of workers, we are now a nation of vendors and destitutes.

Our industry is in intensive care and the few that are operational face an uncertain future simply meaning that for the worker, the future is very bleak.

To think that Zimbabwe once had a pulsating industry is unimaginable and that we were once  the bread basket of southern Africa now seems to be fairy tales.

It is a fact that Zimbabwe was once a vibrant economy that was described as the jewel of Africa.

Now there is nothing, there are no industries, workers have been reduced to vendors and yet we are told these unending tales of sanctions by a regime that has obviously reached its wit’s end.

We call upon President Robert Mugabe and his retinue of hangers-on to reflect this May and think of the multitudes of able-bodied men and women who are idle.

Of course we fully appreciate the fact that those with the “mandate” to govern us either by hook or crook never really suffered the pain of being poor.

They have been employed since independence and know not the pains of unemployment.

We hope that it will dawn on the rulers to craft policies that are attractive to foreign investors. It is also our humble hope that our leaders put people first before themselves, although that is expecting too much from a kleptocratic establishment. But, we still maintain that Zimbabwe is bigger than individuals.

Please stop the politicking and grandstanding and put the interests of Zimbabweans first. We have said it before and will not tire to say it; factionalism does not in an way improve the lives of long-suffering Zimbabweans.

Let us be realistic as a country and pursue policies that improve the ordinary person and not just a few individuals.

As out pointed by the Zimbabwe Federation of Workers Union, it is time workers are united and demand decent wages and better working conditions.

Where are the 2,2 million jobs that Zanu PF promised in 2013? Zanu PF thinks that the people of Zimbabwe are foolish but they are not and by the time Mugabe’s party realises this it will be too late.

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