Nothing in budget for workers: ZCTU

HARARE - Zimbabwe’s largest trade union federation yesterday said the national budget presented by the Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa had nothing for the working people to celebrate.

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) said the budget was pro-capital and workers should brace for hard times as the government pursues austerity measures and free market polices.

“In particular, civil servants are in for hard times as the government tries to cut its expenditure,” Japhet Moyo, the ZCTU secretary-general said.

“We are also worried that the government will also be targeting conditions of services in its quest to cut its wage bill. Conditions of services are negotiated for and should not be removed without the consent of all parties”.

ZCTU said there was no need for the ministry of Defence to get a huge chunk of the budget, in fact much more than the Health ministry.

“Zimbabwe is not at war and there is need to reallocate much of the resources to critical areas. The allocation to the Health ministry falls far short of the Abuja declaration of 15 percent of the National Budget,” Moyo said.