Vavi vows to fight

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwe's human rights record has once again come under the spotlight when put on the agenda by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) this week following the ejection of its secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi from Zimbabwe recently.
Briefing local and international jo

urnalists, Vavi said COSATU and other international labour organisations of Australia, Netherlands and Swaziland would fight such human rights abuses.
COSATU was invited to attend the congress of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) on 19-20 May 2006 but Vavi was denied entry on arrival at Harare Airport, together with all international guests to the Congress.
“This unprecedented attack on trade unions’ rights should not be tolerated anymore. The ZCTU obtained court interdicts to reverse all the deportations except Vavi’s, who has now been permanently banned from entering Zimbabwe,” he told the journalists.
Vavi said the decision to eject him out of Zimbabwe would be fought at the highest level. “It sets a dangerous precedent that could be used by right-wing governments around the world to prevent trade unionists from meeting each other, as they have always been free to do in democratic countries,” he said. – CAJ News

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