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Solidarity Forum (ZSF) condemns the assault and abduction of ZCTU
Zimbabwe Solidarity Forum (ZSF)
September 20, 2007
Solidarity Forum (ZSF) vehemently condemns the assault and abduction
by the Zimbabwean security agents of Michael Kandukutu, the National
Organizer for the Zimbabwe
Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), Tennyson Muchepfa from the
National Engineering Workers' Unions, and Justice Mucheni from the
The three (3) ZCTU members
were exercising their right to free and open democratic trade union
activity guaranteed by ILO conventions and recognized by the state.
The ZSF views this as a serious indictment of the latest pronouncements
of national unity emerging around certain constitutional issues
affecting elections and the future of democratic rule in Zimbabwe.
The guaranteeing of workers
rights to organize and down tools should be an integral part of
the unification project aimed at the reconstruction of the country.
Therefore whatever official pronouncements of consensus, should
be accompanied by the recognition and extension of these rights
to workers and the people of Zimbabwe.
The ongoing repression
and punishing economic conditions in Zimbabwe affect vulnerable
groups living in poverty most of all. While a small elite continues
to live a life of protected privilege whereas the majority of Zimbabweans
are denied their fundamental rights. More than 80% of Zimbabweans
are live in poverty, without access to health, education and basic
commodities. Those that manage to leave the country face a harsh
reception in countries like Botswana, Zambia and especially here
in South Africa.
We call for the immediate
and unconditional release of the three ZCTU activists and many other
activists remaining in detention.
The ZSF has declared
the 20th September the day of solidarity with Zimbabwean workers
action over the economic situation of high inflation and freezing
Join us in a solidarity
picket to highlight these conditions and show Zimbabweans that an
injury to one is an injury to all, and that the struggles for freedom
anywhere are struggles for all of us everywhere.
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