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ZIMBABWE CONGRESS OF TRADE UNIONS (ZCTU)

COMMUNIQUE

This communiqué was issued by the ZCTU after a workshop on the State of the economy which was held on 16 September 2020. The workshop deliberated on the state of the economy, fiscal and monetary policies, insurance and pensions for workers, and the Global Compensation Deed. The following were the declarations:

I. STATE OF THE ECONOMY

ZIMBABWE CONGRESS OF TRADE UNIONS (ZCTU)

COMMUNIQUE

This communiqué was issued by the ZCTU after a workshop on the State of the economy which was held on 16 September 2020. The workshop deliberated on the state of the economy, fiscal and monetary policies, insurance and pensions for workers, and the Global Compensation Deed. The following were the declarations:

I. STATE OF THE ECONOMY

05 May 2020
PRESS RELEASE
RE:GOVERNMENT'S ILL PREPAREDNESS FOR STAGE 2 LOCKDOWN PUTS LIVES IN DANGER
We note with serious concern that when the government of Zimbabwe announced that the country was down grading its fight against COVID19 to stage 2, it was not yet ready and therefore exposing workers to much greater risks.

ZCTU MESSAGE TO MARK ZIMBABWES 40th INDEPENDENCE DAY

 

 

COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, which started in China in December 2019 has now been declared a global pandemic. As at 26 March 2020, there were a total of 465,915 confirmed cases, 21,031 confirmed deaths with 200 countries, areas or territories with cases[1]. The pandemic has weighed on global economic performance, with varied in-country socio-economic impacts.

While the government, through advice from the Tripartite Negotiating Forum(TNF) declared the pandemic a national disaster and instituted measures that included:
i. Banning of all non-essential travel (excluding returning residents) and traffic, both inbound and outbound, except for movement of cargo;
ii. Ban on entertainment and recreational activities such as nightclubs, bars, beerhalls, movie houses, swimming pools, gymnasium and sporting activities;

PRESS RELEASE

RE:PAYMENT OF SALARIES OF PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYEES DURING LOCKDOWN

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) is disturbed by reports in the media attributed to the Minister of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare Professor Paul Mavima that government will not force private sector employers to pay their workers’ salaries during the COVID-19 national lockdown.

Your attention is drawn to our communication of 25 October 2018 and updates submitted by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) dated the 17th of January 2019.
We would like to add the following information for your consideration

The Congress shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and capable of entering into contractual agreements and other legal relations and of suing and being sued in its name and holding property apart from that of its affiliates.

To Our Valued Workers Of Zimbabwe: We have been exploited since 1980 and have remained poor because some people elect to be rich by exploiting us. We have remained poor because the law is in favour of the capitalists. Now is the time for real change, so workers, demand your rights.

Our theme in this campaign is 'Harmonisation of Labour Laws to comply with International Labour Standards'. Kindly find below a summary of the shortcomings in our labour law and the workers' demands.

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