The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has called on civil servants and those who are not formally employed to engage in a general strike. The ZCTU wants to protest the general “disregard” of workers by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration. The call was made before Vice President, General Constantino Chiwenga fired nurses who had gone on strike protesting that the government had reneged on an agreement made at the beginning of the month.
Speaking to the Daily News, ZCTU president Peter Mutasa said,
What civil servants are demanding is legitimate, especially when one looks at the mockery of salaries that are being earned by doctors, teachers and nurses juxtaposed with the rate at which prices of basic commodities have been skyrocketing since September last year hence we have concluded that the best way forward is to protest in a very huge way.
…We encourage everyone to be part of the strike whose dates and logistics we are still consulting on. We want kombi drivers, vendors and everyone else to be part of that because, with nurses currently on strike, our health is not guaranteed even as we sell our wares in town. We need to stand up in solidarity with the health workers.
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