ZCTU mulls mass protest


Blessing Zulu

THE Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has called on workers to prepare for a mass protest against the government’s failure to address the country’s economic crisis.


ZCTU president Lovemore Ma-tombo said in a statement to the Zimbabwe Independent that the economic crisis was a cause for deep concern.


“We are aware of the dangers of this protest, yet the suffering now demands that we act together,” he said.


Matombo accused the government of lacking seriousness in addressing the economic meltdown.


“The government should by now know that Zimbabweans can no longer tolerate mischievous and childish propaganda.


“The protest is a day in which all Zimbabweans remember and mourn the crisis of our economy and seek invigorated inspiration to change the behaviour of our government,” he said.


Matombo said the government had reduced the country to a “taxation state”.


“If a union negotiates for a 100% wage increase, in reality people get 60% and 40% goes to the government.”


He said the protest was also against the cash crisis, hikes in fuel and the violations of trade union rights.


Matombo said trade unionists were now living in fear and cited the case of the general-secretary of the Railway Artisans Union, David Sambare, who received death threats “from suspected government operatives”.


The country is in its fourth year of recession, unemployment is over 75% and inflation around 427%.