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Government should address workers' issues
National Students Union
April 30, 2013
National Students Union (Zinasu) would like to join the workers
of Zimbabwe, many of whom are our mothers and fathers in celebrating
this year’s Workers Day even though our country’s proletariat
has little to celebrate due to a host of issues that the government
of the day has failed to address.
As Zinasu we are fully
aware that there is an inextricable link between the issues of students
and the issues that affect workers due to two main reasons: most
workers are parents of students and any hardships they face will
adversely affect us, secondly, every student at some point in time
will seek employment hence any disregard of the issues of the proletariat
today by the government sets a precedence for disregard of the issues
of tomorrow’s workers who are today’s students.
As such, Zinasu would
like to take this year’s workers day as an opportunity to
re-affirm its support to Zimbabwe’s labor movement and call
upon the government of national unity to address the issues of workers
with immediate effect.
Zinasu is cognizant
of the fact that the major highlights of the tenure of the government
of national unity have been costly foreign trips by government
officials with monolithic delegations that have gobbled millions
of dollars and the purchasing of expensive top of the range vehicles
for ministers that has equally resulted in a huge strain on the
Zinasu is further aware
that GNU officials are set to afford themselves a ‘last supper’
in the form of exit packages which comprise of stands, houses and
more vehicles as has been published in the media recently.
Given this background
of avaricious gormandizing of national resources by an elite few
whilst workers and jobless citizens are suffering, Zinasu would
like to in the strongest of terms chastise and admonish any government
official who has ever enjoyed any wealth both ill-gotten or given
to him/her by the government under circumstances in which any morally
upright individual was supposed to disagree with.
Zinasu salutes Coltart
for refusing to take a car offered to him in 2011 by a government
with misplaced priorities. He shall go down in the history of our
country as the only government official of his time who put the
needs of the people before his own.
Lastly, Zinasu would
like to acknowledge the role played by the workers movement in fighting
for a better Zimbabwe through mass action since Independence.
anything away from the efforts being carried out by the bodies that
represent workers today, particularly the ZCTU
and the concerned affiliates of ZCTU, Zinasu strongly feels that
a united labor front would be much more effective than the current
fragmented set up.
Zinasu urges the two
bodies of ZCTU to bury the hatchet and exorcise the ugly demon called
factionalism form among their midst. As Zinasu, we went through
a difficult period in which our Union was split into two as a result
of various factors but we managed to sit together and came up with
one union with one voice.
If we, who are of much
younger age and of much lesser experience in solving issues could
manage to swallow our prides and come together for the good of our
union, why should you who are of much older age and wiser minds
fail to come together not only for the good of your organization
but for the betterment of Zimbabwe which depends on your leadership
as the biggest mobilizing agent of citizens in the fight for a better
History has proven to
us that when the students’ movement and a united labor movement
come together they form a formidable force. Let us unite and force
the government of the day to address out issues.
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