Global labour organisations ratchet up pressure on Mnangagwa

Global labour organisations ratchet up pressure on Mnangagwa
Published: 22 August 2019 (150 Views)
INTERNATIONAL labour organisations are putting pressure on President Emmerson Mnangagwa to respect workers' rights as they have launched a global campaign against Zimbabwe government's habit of harassing trade unionists. This comes as the police are blocking opposition supporters to demonstrate while also harassing people who are trying to air different views against Mnangagwa's government.

Britain's largest trade union (Unison) wrote a letter to their government urging it to act on the Zimbabwe situation. "Unison has written to the UK government to call on #Zimbabwe president @edm- nangagwa to drop the treason charges and denounce death threats against @ZctuZimbabwe leaders, Japhet Moyo and Peter Mutasa," Unison said on twitter.

Trades Union Congress (TUC) said the Zimbabwe gov- ernment must make sure they address the economic challenges being
faced by workers. "The TUC quality team support the call for charges against Moyo and Mu- tasa to be dropped. "They have done nothing other than exercise their right to organise and call for an end to the economic crisis in Zimbabwe," TUC said.

International Trade Union Confederation deputy secretary- general Owen Tudor also weighed in saying government must engage unions for the country to move forward.

"Zimbabwe's regime is just playing for time.

"They know there isn't a shred of believable evidence against Mutasa or Moyo. End this farce now, and sit down with unions to heal Zimbabwe,"

Tudor said. Mutasa and Moyo are among dozens of political and human rights leaders facing charges of subversion related to the protests called by the ZCTU in January that turned violent and left many people dead at the hands of the military.

Mutasa told the Daily News that the campaign is meant to pile pressure on Zimbabwe government so they can respect the rights of workers.

"Our government must ad- dress the economic crisis and respect workers' rights. The current situation is very sad be- cause workers cannot raise their concerns because the regime feels threatened.

"We are being harassed just because we want our govern- ment to address issues affecting our workers.

"Global labour organisations heard our problems and they are helping us to pile pressure on ... Mnangagwa's government.

"Workers are suffering due to the current economic crisis and we cannot fold our hands watch- ing this happening. Government must provide solutions and stop harassing workers."

- dailynews

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