GNU let down workers: ZCTU

THE Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has accused the coalition government partners of letting down workers by failing to implement labour law reforms as enunciated in the government’s 100-Day Plan launched by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai at the beginning of his tenure.

Report by Christopher Mahove

ZCTU secretary-general Japhet Moyo told NewsDay last week that government’s indifference to workers’ issues had contributed to a decent work deficiency in the country.

“It is unfair for government to only start talking about workers’ issues when we are towards the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conference,” Moyo said.

“They should have harmonised the labour laws as recommended by the ILO inquiry, but it seems there will be no movement until the date of the conference. They have let us down as they were concentrating on political issues while nothing has been done about the workers’ concerns.”

The GNU had, as part of its 100-Day Plan, pledged to reform labour laws within its first three months in office, but has not done so to date.

Moyo said the issue had been before Cabinet for too long while the Tripartite Negotiating Forum (TNF) will only be debated in the last session of Parliament.

Responding to the ZCTU letter dated October 23, 2012 on the reforms, acting Labour minister Lucia Matibenga said: “I wish to inform you that the Attorney-General’s Office is working on the draft Bill for the TNF and not one for labour law reforms as you were made to understand since Cabinet has not concluded its deliberations for the latter. You will be duly informed upon consideration upon conclusion of Cabinet deliberations.”

The ILO Commission of Inquiry recommended that Zimbabwe reforms the Labour Act and the Public Order and Security Act to bring them in conformity with ILO Conventions 87 and 98 which guarantee the freedom of association and the protection of the right to organise and collective bargaining respectively.

It also recommended that Harare stops the arbitrary arrests, torture and detention of trade unionists and activists and close all outstanding court cases against trade unionists.

6 Comments

  1. There you are! The MDCs will say its because they do not have all the power yet while Zanupf will point to the sanctions. I never heard any one speaking on behalf of the workers. They all talked about improving, remeding, changing etc the economy but none of these was for the betterment of the working class. Vote MDC and let us see who will benefit economically. Will it be the owners of the companies or the workers who have nothing but only their labor power just the ability to work and produce for others?

  2. The ZCTU should not try and shirk responsibility..the GNU has no responsibiltiy for ZCTU leadership failures. Rather it is the ZCTU themselves who abdicated their responsibilities to the workers and to turn around and start accusing government for their failures shows the true calibre of the leadership of the ZCTU. The government wears two hats, that of employer and welfare dispensers and they are as different in their goals and mandates with the ZCTU as chalk is to cheese. Next we will be hearing the employers failed to rescue the ZCTU from its financial woes. Where then is the responsibility of the ZCTU leadership itself? No harm in admitting failure and resign rather than make clowns of yourselves in this fashion..this is sad sad sad.

    1. Gutter Poet wakarasika muface. Z C T U has to operate within the country’s laws and hence Z C T U’s demands for the laws. Do you want Z C T U to operate pamadiro vagodashurwa? Blame people for failing kana vakonewa in an enabling environment. Nyarara kana usingazivi zve labour. Pamwe you are a repressive employer.

      1. English being a second language perhaps I did not express me self as clearly as I could have done..Ini ndiri kuti ko basa re ZCTU nderekudii kana vachingoblema government? Ivo chavarikuita se ZCTU ku protecta vashandi chii? Mari dzirikungodyiwa ku NSSA ne ma private pesnion companies, vana veva shandi hava chaende kuchikoro, vana Essar vauraya Redcliff, uku Greenfuel haisikuvhurika..ZCTU yakazotanga kuita bazi rehurumende riini? Kana vachitya kudashurwa ngavabude pachena kuti vazvitadza ka, vasingatye vaite! ZCTU ngavabude pachena vatipe action plan yavo ya 2013 kana vainayo. ko.iripi? Kasi yakaenda na Matombo?

  3. wORK ISSUES SHUD REMAIN APOLOLITICAL ,ITS THA SEM AS THA S & M BRICKS ISSUE THT IS BING POLITICIED COZ THEZ A UNION AFFILIATED 2 ZFTU THTS BIN TRYIN BY ALL MINZ 2 STAND UP 4 THIZ PPLE BT ITS BING UNDERMINED BCOZ EVERY1 WANTS THA LIMELYT.

  4. Just to let you know, this post seems a little bit weird from my android cell phone. Who knows perhaps its just my cell phone. Great article anyway.

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