ON Worldwide Employees Day, Zimbabwe Legal professionals for Human Rights (ZLHR) stands in solidarity with employees in Zimbabwe and the world over.
Commemorated on 1 Could yearly, Worldwide Employees Day is a day stuffed with historical past and symbolism for employees’ solidarity and the wrestle for respectable working situations.
Whereas the Structure of Zimbabwe now ensures labor rights, together with the proper to collective job motion and collective bargaining, freedom to exhibit and petition, it’s saddening to notice that the Zimbabwean authorities such because the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) proceed to ignore employees’ rights by arbitrarily suppressing their professional actions.
In current months, Zimbabwe’s disrespect for labour rights reached a brand new low when authorities used power to interrupt up demonstrations known as for by the aggrieved employees who have been demanding an finish to the financial disaster confronted by individuals and a reversal of the steep hike in gasoline costs by the federal government.
Though Zimbabwe’s Structure and legal guidelines ensures freedom to exhibit and petition together with freedom of expression, meeting and affiliation, the federal government restricted this proper in follow by way of the violent repression of protests, which noticed the arrest and prosecution of a number of Zimbabwe Congress of Commerce Unions (ZCTU) and Amalgamated Rural Lecturers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) leaders and members together with ZCTU President Peter Mutasa and Secretary Common Japhet Moyo and ARTUZ President Obert Masaraure and Secretary-Common Robson Chere, who’re at present going through fees in courtroom of subverting a constitutional authorities.
Other than persecuting ZCTU and ARTUZ leaders, Zimbabwean authorities have additionally focused medical employees, who over the previous months paid a heavy worth for standing up for his or her elementary rights, freedoms, equity and justice.
Authorities should recognize that the proper to type and be part of commerce unions, to collectively cut price and to strike are common human rights and that peaceable demonstrations, petitions, expression and meeting are a mark of a functioning democracy.
ZRP’s vicious response to the employees’ protest over real grievances afflicting their day by day livelihoods is a blatant abuse of its energy and is in violation of the Structure and the Worldwide Labour Organisation requirements, together with the proper to strike.
Whereas authorities clamp down on labour leaders, employees proceed to endure. Employees in the private and non-private sector proceed to make do with slave wages and their households reside beneath the poverty datum line thereby worsening inequality ranges. The unprecedented financial hardships proceed to be compounded by rising commodity costs, foreign money disaster, excessive taxation, poor remuneration and lack of entry to well being care companies.
Within the gentle of worsening financial hardships, ZLHR urges authorities and personal sector employers to answer the employees’ plight by paying them an actual minimal wage above the Poverty Datum Line and bettering their working situations together with entry to medicinal medicine and functioning well being amenities.
As well as, the federal government ought to instantly cease the persecution and prosecution of ZCTU and ARTUZ leaders and different employees and to instantly align labour legal guidelines with the Structure, which has been excellent for a number of years since 2013.
Qina Sisebenzi Qina!
Shinga Mushandi Shinga!
Lengthy reside Zimbabwean employees!
Zimbabwe Legal professionals for Human Rights
No. 103 Sam Nujoma Road, Harare, Zimbabwe
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