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Communiqué of the special General Council of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)
Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)
February 24, 2007

We, the general council members of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), meeting at the Quality International Hotel in Harare today 24 February 2007 to, among other things, discuss the ultimatum issued by the General Council meeting of 27 January 2007 to the government that;

  • Discussed and analysed the economic outlook in Zimbabwe and its effects on the general workforce;
  • Explored the nature and extent of the national crisis facing the economy;
  • Shared experiences on socio-economic development in the context of the ongoing crisis; and
  • Deliberated on proposed National Health Scheme as informed by our past positions and the experiences with the National Social Security Authority.

We therefore observe that;

  • The government neither responded to nor complied with the ZCTU ultimatum that had the following demands;
  • That the Government should take steps to address the economic meltdown;
  • That parties to the Tripartite Negotiating Forum should as a matter of urgency sign the Kadoma Declaration and the Prices and Incomes Stabilization Protocol;
  • That Industry at National Employment Council level should ensure that parties go back to the negotiating table and review current wages as they are still fall far below the PDL;
  • That the Government should as a matter of urgency address the concerns of the striking doctors without victimizing them;
  • That the Government must urgently address the contents of the September 13 2006 ZCTU petition that led to the mass protests countrywide;
  • That the ZCTU totally rejects the implementation of the proposed National Health Scheme until and unless it has been agreed to by the workers, the owners of the money;
  • That all these concerns be addressed by the 23rd February 2007 failure which the ZCTU General Council will meet on the 24th February 2007 and decide on the dates of the next industrial action.
  • The government has called for an urgent Technical Committee meeting of the TNF on Monday 26 February 2007;
  • Government has not fully resolved the Civil Servants' demands for a PDL linked minimum wage;

We therefore hereby resolve that:

  • All workers be mobilised between now and March 31 2007 to stay away from work from 3 to 4 April 2007,
  • National actions will be called for after every three months and they will be incremental until the situation improves;
  • Notwithstanding, TNF meeting processes will go ahead and the ZCTU will attend

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