Struggling Zim workers vow massive strikes in 2016
ZIMBABWE’S largest workers federation says 2015 has been the worst year for workers in the country, warning that the government should brace itself for more industrial actions if “ill-treatment” continues in 2016.
Zimbabwe’s struggling companies embarked on massive retrenchments in July following a controversial ruling by the country’s Supreme Court that gave employers the leeway to terminate job contracts by giving workers just three months notice.
Reports indicated that close to 20 000 people were thrown onto the streets as employers capitalised on the ruling.
A law was, however, later passed that sought to stop the job losses.
A report by New Zimbabwe, quoted Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) national organiser, Michael Kundukutu as saying that despite government’s effort to “smuggle” its labour market flexibility plan it should brace itself for more industrial actions against this restrictive labour law.
“When we are staging these demonstrations we are not calling for nothing else than reminding government to value workers because they’re the one who are creating the country’s wealth,” Kundukutu was quoted as saying.
According to a local daily, Zimbabwe has been struggling economically and as a result, thousands of jobs were lost in the country’s major industries between 2014-15.
The report quoted Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) as indicating that at least 30 100 workers lost their jobs in the mining and manufacturing sectors alone. News24.com
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