ZCTU stayaway on

Godfrey Marawanyika

THE Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has resolved to embark on a nation- wide stayaway on Wednesday to protest alleged mismanagement at the National Social Security Authority (NSS

A).



Last month the labour union pulled out of NSSA alleging there was no transparency in the way the pension fund was run.



This resulted in the NSSA board needing to be reconstituted.


In a statement yesterday, the ZCTU said apart from the problems at NSSA, many trade unionists across the country have been victimised.


“More than 41 workers were suspended from Colcom and two workers were dismissed from David Whitehead Spinners in Chegutu for participating in October and November 2003 demonstrations against high levels of taxation…” it said.


The ZCTU was protesting against high costs of basic commodities, fuel prices and shortages of transport, which remain on the agenda of next week’s intended stayaway.


In the statement the ZCTU called on the government to immediately stop the rot at NSSA and demanded the reinstatement of suspended workers at Colcom and David Whitehead, and of Lovemore Matombo at Zimpost.

Matombo’s suspension resulted in government being criticised by both continental and international labour organisations, which argued the government’s decision was heavyhanded and political.


Earlier this month the comptroller and auditor-general Eric Harid produced a damming report on how books at NSSA were being handled.