The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) is mulling embarking on a general strike this month to protest against the country’s worsening economic situation.
ZCTU president Peter Mutasa told the media that the union was protesting the failure by employers to meet workers’ demands to be paid their salaries in United States dollars. Mutasa had this to say
ZCTU is calling every worker to join hands from the vendors who lost their only living from the recent evictions.
Schools want to close and we know if teachers’ calls are not heard, no child will go to school in January.
That is not a life, so we are calling everyone to peacefully speak on the streets because the government has said we should remain in queues on the streets.
It is allowed by the constitution and we are going to call a day for a shutdown of banks, factories and offices because if we do not do a general strike or shut down we will not be heard.
On Friday we saw something that we used to see in Rwanda, DRC and Sudan that someone comes to work and the money cannot buy much and after that, you are forced to board on top of a bus all the way to Chitungwiza.
Doctors have refused to go back to work and so we are calling every worker to speak out because if we don’t speak out we will continue to suffer.
If we remain silent, they will continue ruling us in the same conditions and if we complain that things are expensive and that the tax is too much, they will say that we barking like dogs.