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Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)
November 17, 2005
Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) is dismayed over the re-introduction
of the senate by government and the forthcoming elections to choose
In a workshop
held from 17-19 October 2005 in Harare, the ZCTU elected leadership,
Presidents and General Secretaries of Unions affiliated to the ZCTU
and in a resolution endorsed by the ZCTU National Executive Council
sitting in Harare on 20 October 2005, the ZCTU proclaimed that the
reincarnation of the Senate is a waste of resources and goes against
the wishes of the workers.
Instead of concentrating
on measures to revitalize the economy, government is worsening the
plight of workers and all Zimbabweans by creating institutions which
will only further worsen the economic performance of the country.
It is against
principle and of course national ethos of nationalism that a government
should prioritise political expediency by the creation of a Senate
and resorting to unbudgeted consumption expenditures while 80% of
Zimbabweans wallow in poverty.
The ZCTU would
rather have the billions budgeted for Senate be channeled towards
the improvement of salaries for teachers, Policeman, Soldiers and
Nurses in government hospitals. People living with HIV/AIDS at the
moment can not access or afford Anti Retroviral Drugs and government
hospitals are experiencing shortages of staff because of poor working
conditions while Z$50 billion is put aside to take care of 65 people
whose role will be to go to parliament.
should do away with this practice of accommodating his few cronies
at the expense of the majority of Zimbabweans.
Surely this continued
ride on the back of workers and suffering Zimbabweans cannot be
The ZCTU therefore
denounces the creation of the Senate and urges all workers to oppose
it with all their might. We also urge workers to find something
better to do on 26 November 2005.
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