ZCTU MESSAGE TO MARK ZIMBABWE’S 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. 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;
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.
In November 2008, the Governing Body of the ILO decided to set up a Commission of Inquiry, in accordance with article 26, paragraph 4, of the ILO Constitution, to examine the complaints filed by a number of delegates to the Conference concerning the observance by the Government of Zimbabwe of Conventions Nos 87 and 98 on freedom of association.
AN ACT to provide for the establishment of the Zimbabwe Special Economic Zones Authority and to provide for the functions thereof; to provide for the constitution and functions of the Special Economic Zones Board; to provide for the establishment of special economic zones, and the administration, control, regulatory measures and incentives in connection therewith; and to provide for matters incidental to or connected with the foregoing.