Tinashe Sambiri|Citizens’ Coalition For Change leader President Nelson Chamisa says tireless workers in the country should be rewarded as they are enduring difficult conditions.
In his Workers’ Day statement, President Chamisa paid tribute to individuals who relentlessly fought for workers’ rights.
He described the late founding MDC President, Dr Morgan Tsvangirai as a champion of workers’ rights.
President Chamisa accused Mr Mnangagwa’s administration of ignoring the plight of workers.
See statement below:
PAY WORKERS A LIVING WAGE:
WORKERS’ DAY is a special day to appreciate,salute &celebrate the amazing efforts,resilience and endurance of all the hard pressed workers who gave & continue to give their sweat and blood to building our ZIMBABWE great even under difficult and times.
The historic struggle and militant tradition of the labor movement in ZIMBABWE have won us many victories that we still enjoy up to this day.Remember Burombo, Masotsha Ndlovu ,Jamela , Mzingeli, Nkomo, Sibanda, Tsvangirai, Matombo, Nkiwane,Chibebe and Mutasa .
This Day,we remember that everything won was through the struggle & sacrifice of working citizens.A standing ovation to all the workers who keep the show going & our nation ticking.Workers are the backbone of any nation,being the turbines of history& architects of any society.
Current ‘real market’ exchange rate is ZWL 400 to US$1 which effectively means that workers salaries are seriously eroded by both inflation and exchange spiral but authorities are unwilling to give workers a correct living wage.
Workers are suffering. Transport is a nightmare. Wages are meager.Salaries are inadequate. Prices are roaring. The recent statistics from Zimstat shows that annual inflation as of April 2022 has surged to 96.6% while authorities have not given corresponding salary increase.
The punitive economic environment has been so toxic to the people in the informal sector (as their working capital is being eroded by exchange rate spiral and inflation) who have been trying to make ends meet in the face of high unemployment rate which is above 90%;
Likewise, employers’ capacity to pay real wages to workers has been constrained by draconian government policies which inter alia include excessive distortions and corruption and punitive exchange rate regimes and excessive taxes;
We have numerously advised and continue to advise those authorities to give workers a living and decent wage but the call falls on deaf ears, shut minds and stony hearts. Dollarize for workers to earn decent wages and to increase the domestic aggregate demand.
Likewise,workers are failing to put a decent meal on the table &many now in the poverty bracket.Some workers can’t afford to buy a loaf of bread daily.Our teachers can’t send their kids to standard boarding schl &the same teacher is expected to teach other parents kids?
Consummate a Social Contract and massive labour law reforms.
Domestication of ILO Conventions that affect workers’ conditions.
Cessation of abuse of workers by exploitative local and foreign employers. Protect workers against any form of violence and violations.
We will undertake massive reforms of the state owned enterprises with a view to place them as key enablers &actors of economic transformation &employment creation.
d)The strengthening of the TNF so that it becomes a serious vehicle for negotiations for Gvt,Employers & Employees.
As the incoming government,we guarantee the following:
A decent &living wage.A starting min wage of US$540 for the lowest civil servant;
A conducive environment which foster business growth & attract both domestic & foreign investment -the key levers of job creation.
Entrench workers’ rights in the constitution, including the right to demonstrate, freedom of association, collective bargaining and decent working conditions including the public sector workers.
We have looked at the 2009 ILO Commission Of Inquiry, and our government will fully implement all the recommendations.
We are losing a lot of workers through occupational deaths, sickness, diseases, and injuries. We will seek to drastically reduce this by ratifying and domesticating Convention 187 in order to promote a safe and healthy working environment.
Salute to all the workers who work tirelessly and patriotically every day to bring peace, sanity, amity and happiness to their nations, families and societies. Happy International Workers’Day!
Domestic Workers are workers. Our government will speedily ratify and domesticate Convention 189 to protect domestic workers and promote decent work for this important but abused group of workers.
We looked at both the proposed Labour Amendment Bill &Health Services Amendment Bill.They all fall short & take away workers freedoms& rights.Our Gvt will pursue a TNF driven Labour Law reform based on ILO Conventions &the Constitution.All laws must be aligned to the Constitution.
Give the workers their wages before their sweat dries! Better days are coming!A New Great ZIMBABWE is loading…! God bless all workers. God bless ZIMBABWE God bless Africa!
Key to providing a living wage, restoring workers’ dignity & getting rid of the old,rotten ¶sitic system sucking life out of workers is electing a Citizens government that puts workers’ welfare first and prioritize dignity at the heart of governance &all policy decisions.
A worker is a maker. Let’s make ZIMBABWE great. Workers’ day is for all workers. Let us all work for change in ZIMBABWE, register to vote or encourage another to register to vote. Let’s work to build our country great -A New Great ZIMBABWE in our lifetime.