Workers have spoken strongly against the government’s adoption of neoliberalism and austerity policies which contribute immensely to the suffering of the masses.
Addressing workers who congregated for the Workers’ Day celebrations on Wednesday held in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) second Vice President John Chirenda reading a speech on behalf of the ZCTU president Peter Mutasa, said:
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Today we are celebrating May Day under the theme ‘we are at crossroads, unite fight neoliberalism and austerity’. Every ordinary citizen is suffering.
We also note with concern the massive price hikes which have affected almost every basic commodity thereby worsening the plight of the already struggling masses of Zimbabwe.
Prices of most products have gone up by more than 300 per cent in the last two months and the prices continue to rise more frequently.
This has greatly eroded the incomes of ordinary workers who are finding it hard to survive on their meagre wages.
Most workers earn an average of RTGS$300 per month and therefore cannot afford to buy the goods in most shops.
The government in 2018 introduced a tax on electronic money transfers (2 per cent tax) which is unavoidable for most people as the economy has increasingly become ‘cashless’.
The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions is the country's biggest worker representative with most of its members in different sectors of industry in Zimbabwe. It has special interests in labour activism and this has resulted in it being linked to opposition political parties particularly the... Read More About Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions
Peter Mutasa is a Zimbabwean trade unionist and the current president of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU). He is also the General Secretary of Zimbabwe Banks and Allied Workers Union Mutasa gained mainstream prominence in Zimbabwe after called for a nationwide stayaway from... Read More About Peter Mutasa