The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) yesterday accused the government of wantonly breaking the law by bypassing the tripartite negotiating forum and using political offices and unelected people to deal with workers’ issues.
This comes after Vice President Constantino Chiwenga was appointed to resolve the doctors’ strike by President Mnangagwa. Furthermore, the First Lady, Auxillia Mnangagwa on Friday met representatives of striking doctors to hear their grievances.
In an interview with The Standard on Saturday, ZCTU president Japhet Moyo said:
Since the ouster of Robert Mugabe in November of 2017, we have witnessed one sad trend: the use of those with a military background or a political heavyweight to lead negotiations with state workers.
We should have a collective dialogue where all parties are represented and no one is threatened. We must go back to the tripartite negotiating forum and have social contracts there, not this idea of having a whole VP meddling in labour talks, no.
Right now we have First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa coming in; as who? What agreement can she make on behalf of the state? Why are we allowing ourselves to be a banana republic when we have all the laws that govern the conduct of both the employer and employees?