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2002 Presidential & Harare Municipal elections - Index of articles
March 20 - 22, 2002
Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)
March 19, 2002
Congress of Trade Unions ( ZCTU ) would like to reemphasize that
the general workforce in Zimbabwe are naturally disappointed about
what happened on the 14th of March where the General Council meeting
was disrupted by the police. This is despite past experience when
the General Council held its meetings without the interference of
the police in line with the principles of freedom of association
enshrined in various international human rights instruments to which
Zimbabwe is signatory. These instruments include The UN Declaration
of Human Rights, The UN International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights, The UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural
Rights, The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights and the
International Labour Organisation Conventions on Freedom of Association
and the Right to organise. It is therefore disturbing that the state
would now want to be part and parcel of ZCTU meetings, which is
a serious breach of the ZCTU's freedom to hold its meetings.
The state argued that the meeting was a political one and that it
was therefore illegal. This was purportedly in terms of the notorious
Public Order and Security Act [ Chapter 11: 17] (POSA).
In light of the above, The ZCTU categorically denounces the use
of draconian legislation to
interfere with the running of affairs of trade unions in this country,
especially following the announcement by government that they are
going to derecognise the ZCTU.
The ZCTU is
determined to make sure that the workers interests in these difficult
times are taken care of regardless of the intimidation and state
interference. Meanwhile, the ZCTU's national and international partners
are being briefed on these latest developments
It has also come to the attention of the ZCTU that workers are being
unnecessarily beaten and harassed by state agents, a development
which the ZCTU strongly condemns.
The ZCTU therefore
calls on all workers to stayaway from their workplaces on Wednesday
the 20th to Friday the 22nd March, 2002 in protest against
- the state's
disregard for trade union freedoms.
- an attempt
by the state to weaken the ZCTU and therefore expose the workers
to unchallenged victimization.
- the harassment,
beatings and displacement workers are experiencing in the aftermath
of the Presidential elections.
- general lawlessness
which will actually influence company closures and loss of jobs
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