The country’s major trade unions have warned President Emmerson Mnangagwa against doing nothing while workers are toiling and going home empty-handed.
The Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions (ZFTU) which is considered to be aligned to the ruling ZANU PF party admonished Mnangagwa to say ‘Enough is Enough’.
Speaking ahead of the May Day celebrations, ZFTU secretary-general Kennias Shamuyarira said:
It is time the president took a position and say enough is enough.
The workers are suffering; in fact, the civil servants who are toiling for his administration are going home empty-handed.
If these businesspeople are his friends, since we have seen him meet them several times, he must tell them that they should stop this nonsense or the people
Our theme this year is very simple, we are saying ‘cartels and proxies of international monopoly capital, your time is up’. We are saying these cartels should just stop this nonsense.
Meanwhile, the opposition-aligned Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) warned of rolling demonstrations to force the government to act.
ZCTU president Peter Mutasa vowed to fight neo-liberalism and austerity. He said:
They may arrest union leaders, even kill them as we know that they have the capacity to do so, as long as the situation remains as it is, the people will act and they will act according to the dictates of the law.
They shall demonstrate, they shall petition and this they will do in a bid to force the government to act.
Our theme is that ‘we are at a crossroads! Unite! Fight neoliberalism and austerity’. We are saying the capitalists who have taken over this government should not be allowed to play around with our rights as workers.
In January this year, ZCTU called for nationwide protests against the government’s unilateral decision to hike the price of fuel.
The demonstrations resulted in chaos, with more than a dozen people killed. ZCTU leaders are facing treason charges emanating from the riots.