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on the Herald story
Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)
March 23, 2007
The Zimbabwe Congress
of Trade Unions (ZCTU) would like to clarify some issues raised
in the story published in The Herald of today, Friday 23 March 2007,
entitled "Government, ZCTU, business unite".
First and foremost, the
headline of the story is misleading. The meeting in Mutare was not
a Tripartite Negotiating Forum (TNF), but a workshop/retreat on
the promotion of dialogue between the social partners as initiated
by the local office of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
The ZCTU has always maintained an open door policy when it is invited
to such ILO/UNDP workshops. A workshop cannot, therefore, take a
position on the issues of the TNF. This workshop was meant to explore
ways of encouraging dialogue.
We would also to make
it clear that the Deputy Minister of Information and Publicity,
Bright Matonga is not the spokesman of the TNF. Issues discussed
at the TNF are agreed upon and a statement is issued by all parties.
Deputy Minister Matonga was quoting the Kadoma Declaration of 2001
whose position is known to everyone.
The misconception that
came out of The Herald will not dilute the fact that employers,
government included, are refusing to award workers Poverty Datum
Line-linked wages which now stand at over $1 million per month.
We are also making it clear that we suspect The Herald story was
meant to divert the attention of the people from the ZCTU planned
mass stayaway of April 3 and 4, 2007.
world must not be fooled by cheap propaganda. The stayaway of April
3 and 4 will go ahead as planned as nothing has changed on the ground.
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