ZCTU on vendors

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) says it has noted with concern that despite claiming to be a government of the people, the new administration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa is treating people in the informal sector with heavy-handedness reminiscent of the Robert Mugabe era.

In a statement, ZCTU said it is appalled by the way government is using the police to crush vendors ostensibly to stop the spread of cholera.

“While the ZCTU acknowledges the threat of cholera to the populace, the solution does not lie in chasing people, beating them and taking their goodies. It must be remembered that these are breadwinners trying to eke out a living because of the high unemployment levels in the country,” said the main labour union.

ZCTU said government must accept the fact that the informal economy has become the biggest employer in the country and therefore it needs to be carefully handled.

“The people in this sector also pay rentals, rates, school fees and various taxes and if their source of income is stopped, they would not be able to do so. In fact there is a possibility of increased criminality as some turn to illegal activities to survive. The solution is to sit down with them and chart the way forward,” reads part of the statement.

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