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Worker's Day 2010 solidarity statement
April 29, 2010
The Youth Forum
joins hands with the rest of the global village in commemorating
International Worker's Day 2010. This year's commemorations are
held under the theme 'Working together to create jobs and fight
poverty.' The International Worker's Day is commemorated every year
on May 1 to find the means of alleviating the plight of the worker
while at the same time facing his labour demands.
worker has been deprived of a standardized and decent living in
a nation with power struggles and he remains down trodden. In this
case, the Zimbabwean worker, in particular the civil servant is
enduring dire economic hardships for over the last decade. The coming
in of the inclusive government had given a ray of hope for a new
dispensation in the lives of the majority of Zimbabweans. Zimbabweans
of all walks of life are in desperate need for an economic recovery
to their nation but it is to no avail as the nation continues to
experience hiccups in the inclusive government thereby having negative
repercussions on the worker, inducing poverty as each day progresses.
Looking at our
neighbouring South Africa the civil servant is enjoying a lucrative
salary package than their Zimbabwean counterpart who is taking home
an insulting paltry salary of US$150. This amount can not afford
one to pay bills, school fees, and food and rent, what it can only
do is to increasingly distress the breadwinner as he budgets it.
In most homes it's now a luxury to have two meals per day and it's
a pity that civil servants continue to face such an ordeal at the
expense of an irresponsible government which does not want to give
an ear to the plight of its people.
come at a time when the government has enacted the Indigenization
and Economic Empowerment Act so as to empower the black people
of Zimbabwe. As the Youth Forum, we feel such a piece of legislation
should focus much more on empowering the worker through provision
of a shareholding scheme in addition to other packages meant for
improving his welfare on and off the workplace. We also believe
that this act is not going to open floodgates for another looting
spree by the political elite as we continue to see on a daily basis.
We also take
this opportunity to send a very clear message to the government
of Zimbabwe and the finance minister in particular, Hon. Tendai
Biti that the recent indefinite freezing of the civil servants'
salaries is a diabolic move in a society that is marred with gluttonous
salary discrepancies. For instance this move remains evil for as
long as the nation does not know how much a minister is getting
every month, the move remains evil when the minister has no power
to freeze rentals, school fees, food prices among other things,
the move is satanic when the government cannot regulate the pricing
of such essential services like health, water and electricity tariffs.
We feel more
effort should be channeled towards increasing the capacity of the
nation to fully utilize its resource base for the betterment of
all. What is happening at Chiadzwa?
salutes the civil servant and urges him to continue to soldier on
in this strife and tribulations as Zimbabweans wait patiently for
the writing of the new constitution that is highly famed to climax
the end of the suffering of Zimbabweans.
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