Unions must fight for betterment of workers

Editor — Where are the trade unions, does no one care about the plight of workers any longer? The workers’ income in this country is being eroded by the harsh economic environment.

The salaries of many workers have remained unchanged despite the increase in fuel, basic commodities, rents, transport to mention a few.
Some of the workers are not being paid for months on end yet they also have families to fend for and need to send their children to school just like anybody else. 

Workers then end up working for nothing or for peanuts as they have nowhere else to go.  But most of the workers belong to one union or the other. It seems as if the unions have turned a blind eye to the plight of the workers.

The workers in this country continue to suffer without any representation from some of these unions where they subscribe monthly fees. A pastor in a rural area told me one would cry if they were to see the plight of the farm workers. 

In many areas this is a direct result of the chaotic and destructive land reform programme. The other side of the coin, sadly, is that many of those who advocated for the violent take-overs are now finding themselves in penury.

And secondly, there is the issue of teachers whose working conditions are so pathetic that they are mulling embarking on a strike.  At some private schools and colleges parents pay a levy for their children to partake in sports and instead of using that levy to employ full-time sports coaches the schools employ desperate part-time sports coaches who do not get paid adequately. 

The coaches are told to ask the parents for extra fees on top of what the parents already pay and of course the parents are reluctant to pay.  In the end the coaches do not get paid except maybe a paltry amount.  They are told if they do not like the status quo they can leave.

Because everyone is so desperate no one is prepared to expose the rampant labour abuse and malpractice rife throughout Zimbabwe. 
Politicians and those well politically connected lead the pack in labour abuse. Someone once wrote that Zimbabweans are the only people on the face of the earth that are prepared to work for no wages.   

What exactly have we Zimbabweans been liberated into, I wonder? 
Is this the Zimbabwe many hoped and dreamed for?

Zimbabweans were liberated from a minority government that oppressed them into a black majority government that brutally and cruelly oppresses them. I weep for my nation and may God have mercy and may we see His justice here. 

The Bible tells us that a worker is worth his wages.  God hates exploitation! It will be judged! Trade unions need to fight for the plight of workers and make sure that their concerns are addressed by the government and whoever needs to.

As long as trade unions remain silent or fight in the corner of employees then workers’ plight will only get worse.

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