Labor Unions Must Be Uniting Right Now

NewsDay editorial bemoans the lack of unity amongst labour organisations in the country at the moment.

This comes after the ZIMTA has indicated that it was pulling out of the workers’ union citing leadership involvement in politics. There are also indications that there are some members of the ZCTU that might also quit the labour movement.

The editorial observes that although great national leaders came out of labour unions, it is absurd for the ZCTU to be involved in politics. It notes:

The ZCTU has remained relevant and important to the country thus far simply because it has maintained a non-partisan stance, which is why people like the late Morgan Richard Tsvangirai had to leave the organisation to form the Movement for Democratic Change. Similarly, Father Zimbabwe — as Nkomo was affectionately known, had to relinquish his trade union leadership in the then Rhodesia Railways Workers Union to form the National Democratic Party in 1960.

It also notes that a number of unions that were formed to champion interests of some political parties and they failed to see the light of the day.
The editorial went further to point out that labour issues currently facing the country demand a united and solid ZCTU. Workers receive unsustainable salaries which are further eroded by inflation.

The editorial believes that now is the best time to be united for the common goal of championing the interests of the labour.

More: NewsDay

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