The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions’ (ZCTU) General Council has called for a Tri-partite Negotiating Forum (TNF) to try and find a way out of the current economic mess the country finds itself in.
ZCTU’s sentiments were also echoed by the Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ), Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) and the Apex Council.
The union recently wrote a letter to President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Minister of Public Service, Sekai Nzenza, highlighting the suffering being experienced by workers.
In an interview with Newsday, ZCTU president Peter Mutasa said:
(The) ZCTU general council met on May 23 and decided that the price increases and the general decline in standards of living is unacceptable and workers cannot bear it anymore.
The poor working class, which includes formal, informal sectors and farmers, are most affected. Many are not able to pay for medical care and are dying in homes, many are starving (because) they are food insecure and the majority of workers are failing to pay school fees and rentals.
The situation is dire and the deafening silence from the government is disturbing.
The general council decided that we write to President Mnangagwa, highlighting the plight of workers and asking the government to convene an urgent TNF.
We wrote to him and the minister (Nzenza) responded, indicating that there were two meetings set for the 3rd and 5th of June to map the way forward for TNF.
… in the event that government and business do not address the problems workers are facing immediately, then ZCTU will call for a general strike.