UNI condemns Zimbabwe for labelling trade union as terrorists

UNI Global Union condemns in the strongest terms the labelling of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) as a terrorist organization and demands an end to the persecution of trade unionists and activists in Zimbabwe. ZCTU was branded a terrorist organization by Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa last week, along with main opposition party, the MDC Alliance. 

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Government’s international reputation in the balance as it puts workers’ rights defenders on trial

During their prolonged trial, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions’ (ZCTU) General Secretary Japhet Moyo and President Peter Mutasa were called to appear before judges no less than 19 times. All charges were eventually dropped, notably following international trade union pressure, including through diplomatic channels and through mobilisations outside Zimbabwe’s embassies. However, many grassroots trade unionists remain subject to long-drawn-out trials as a battle for the judicial independence continues, in the face of the government’s politically motivated attacks.

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WFTU against the dismissals of the striking nurses in Zimbabwe

The World Federation of Trade Unions, representing 92 million workers in every corner of the world stands on the side of the striking nurses in Zimbabwe. The vice-president of Zimbabwe announced that: ““Government has decided in the interest of patients and of saving lives to discharge all the striking nurses with immediate effect” when thousands of nurses were fired.

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