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ZCTU petitions govt over workers’ welfare


THE Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has petitioned three government ministries to improve workers’ welfare and conditions of service.

Report by Blondie Ndebele, Own correspondent

The petitioned ministries were Water Resources, Labour and Social Services and Commerce and Industry.

Addressing workers during commemorations to mark World Day for Decent Work in Bulawayo yesterday, ZCTU western region chairman Reason Ngwenya said the petitions were meant to conscientise the government departments to uphold workers’ welfare.

“The petition is calling upon the ministry to provide us with clean, running water, not today, but as of yesterday. We want the right to water because water is life and workers cannot work without water,” Ngwenya said.

He said the petition to the Industry and Commerce ministry demanded speeding up of the revival of Bulawayo’s ailing industry amid disclosures that over 90 companies had closed shop in the city.

“Millions of Zimbabweans have lost hope in securing any form of employment, while those who are lucky find themselves in the informal economy,” he said.

Ngwenya said they were also pushing the Labour and Social Services ministry to craft worker-friendly policies.

In a speech read on his behalf, ZCTU president George Nkiwane said: “ZCTU is pushing that decent work should be at the heart of our national and local strategies for economic and social progress.”

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