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sides claim victory over stayaway
April 04, 2007
HARARE - The
of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has declared its two-day job stayaway
to protest deteriorating standards of living a "major success",
but by midday on Wednesday shops and banks had begun to reopen.
heeded the call to stayaway while some companies contributed by
shutting down although we are aware that some of them were forced
to open their business premises by security officials," said
ZCTU information officer Last Tarabuka.
mini-bus taxi operators parked their vehicles on Tuesday, the first
day of the stayaway, claiming they feared they would be attacked
by union activists, especially in the townships. Some did so in
solidarity with the protest, called to register anger over an economic
meltdown that has pushed inflation to 1,700 percent.
buses were running on Wednesday, as were selected transporters able
to access highly-subsidised fuel. Banks in the Central Business
District (CBD) and department stores also opened for business.
of the Employers Confederation of Zimbabwe (EMCOZ), Johnson Manyakara,
told IRIN it was too early to make an accurate assessment of the
impact of the two-day strike.
difficult to assess fully because based on where I work, I would
say there was very little impact because there was 98 percent attendance.
You will appreciate that I don't have the full information on the
entire business sector."
EMCOZ official said employers in the heavy industrial areas were
the hardest hit. "Yes maybe banks and other businesses in the
CBD were not that hard hit, but in the industrial areas, we had
some factories closing because many workers did not turn up for
work. Others simply legitimately asked for days off, which they
minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu described the two-day stayaway a "flop".
He accused the ZCTU of declaring a strike for political interests
rather than out of economic concerns.
of Zimbabwe have responded by giving the regime-change agenda a
cold shoulder. The workers ignored the ZCTU-orchestrated stayaway
sponsored by hostile Western governments led by Britain and the
USA and reported for work. The police and the army ensured that
there was adequate security around the country," he told IRIN.
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