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ZCTU speaks out on the Ziscosteel shooting judgment
in Zimbabwe Coalition
October 25, 2006
At a Press Conference
held at its regional offices in Harare , the Zimbabwe
Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) today welcomed the judgment
handed by High Court judge , Justice Bere in the case in which Ziscosteel
workers were in 2001 shot and killed by overzealous members of the
Zimbabwe National Army.
were killed, twenty two injured and two subsequently died from injuries
they sustained when they staged an industrial action on August 8
2001.Heavily armed members of the ZRP anti-riot squad and trigger-happy
officers from ZNA and killed the workers whilst others sustained
While the demonstrations
by ZISCO workers for salary adjustments were peaceful and were being
held on the company premises, members of the anti-riot squad provoked
the situation by firing tear smoke upon the workers in an effort
to drive them out of the company premises. In the ensuing melee,
workers scurried for cover and this is when members of the army,
negligently and indiscriminately shot at the workers killing two
instantly and injuring several others. The three who died on the
spot were Samuel Masiyatsva, Never Daniels and Joshua Zimbwa.
The ZCTU wrote
to President Mugabe calling for the setting up of a Commission of
Inquiry into the shootings but nothing came out of it. The ZCTU
again engaged July Moyo, the then Minister also did not act on the
issue.This prompted the ZCTU to take this violation of human and
trade union rights to the International Labour Organisation (ILO)
where the issue was also discussed during the 2006 Geneva Conference.
ZCTU has always
been worried about how government and Ziscosteel, as a company trivialized
the whole shooting incident. The ZCTU therefore salutes the efforts
of the Iron and Steel Workers Union of Zimbabwe (ISWUZ) and its
leadership, the Legal
Resources Foundation and the deceased widow for pursuing the
case to its finality.
notes with serious concern the continued and sustained attack on
activists and the leadership of the labour movement in Zimbabwe.
The government is once again urged to respect people’s fundamental
rights to free speech , assembly and association.
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