By Patience Chipembere
The Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition calls upon Zimbabwean government to show sincerity and urgently address the plight of workers who continue to live far below the Poverty Datum Line.
The lobby group also said that the government should desist from persecuting trade unions but rather engage in an honest dialogue with workers’ representatives.
“It is disturbing to note that the government has chosen to criminalize trade unionism and responded with brute force to genuine calls by trade unionists for a living wage,” Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition said in a statement ahead of May Day commemorations.
“The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) President, Peter Mutasa is a victim of state harassment and persecution by prosecution and has been labelled an enemy of the state for challenging the paltry salaries being awarded to workers by the government.”
Due to the government’s failure to address the plight of workers, critical sectors such as health and education have been plunged into a serious crisis as workers continue with job actions.
“The ordinary citizen, already suffering from the effects of a failed economy, have had to bear the brunt of the crisis within these critical sectors,” the lobby group said.
“As we commemorate International Workers’ Day, the Crisis Coalition implore the government of Zimbabwe to urgently implement reforms aimed at resuscitating the economy given the fact that the country’s unemployment rate stands at 90 percent while the Covid-19 pandemic has worsened the situation for citizens trying to eke a living from the informal sector.”
“The Crisis Coalition also calls upon employers within the private sector to ensure that workers’ salaries are fixed in line with the Poverty Datum Line while the government of Zimbabwe is being urged to, top persecution of trade unionists for demanding a living wage.”
“Engage in honest discussions with trade unions over the issue of a living wage for workers, ensure that workers get a living wage that is line with the Poverty Datum Line and urgently implement reforms aimed at resuscitating the economy and attracting investments.”
Information says citizens are living on less than a $1 per day owing to economic crisis and price increase continue to eat on consumers’ pockets whose earning fall far below the current prices.