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Communiqué of the Special General Council of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions
Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)
September 10, 2007

We, the General Council members of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), meeting at the Quality International Hotel in Harare on September 8 2007 to, among other things, discuss the proposed National Action of August 2007 as resolved by the General Council meeting of 24 February 2007 and having;

  • 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
  • Considered inputs from ZCTU structures and affiliate unions on proposed National Action,

Observing that;

  • Government has decreed through the Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) Act that there be a wage/salary freeze
  • The ZCTU, government and business signed the Prices and Incomes Stabilization Protocol on June 1 2007,
  • Employers at National Employment Council level have not ensured that wages are indexed to the Poverty Datum Line that is currently at $8,2 million;
  • The Government has not addressed the contents of the September 13 2006 ZCTU petition that led to the mass protests countrywide;
  • The supplementary budget presented by the Minister of Finance falls far short of workers' expectations of a tax-free threshold that is linked to the Poverty Datum Line

Further observing that;

  • The Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) are clearly illegal, unconstitutional and violates Convention 98 on the Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining

We therefore hereby resolve that:

  • Mobilization of ZCTU structures and members for national action continue,
  • Effective consultations with other stakeholders on the National Action take place,
  • Notwithstanding, National Action is on 19 and 20 September 2007,
  • The form of action be a stayaway,
  • In the meantime, we will not attend the Tripartite Negotiation Forum until the Presidential Powers have been clarified by government.

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