ZCTU jambanja planned

HARARE - Zimbabwe's main labour movement has called for a national strike on September 13 over poor salaries and the inadequate provision of antiretroviral drugs to workers, warning the stoppage could last indefinitely if the government did not accede to the demands.
Lovemore Matombo, president o

f Zimbabwe’s Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU),
said the ZCTU’s general council that met in Norton on Sunday unanimously decided to roll out mass protests to press for a minimum wage of Z$90,000, a review of the tax-free threshold from 35 percent to 30percent and the free-provision of ARV drugs to combat HIV/AIDS which is killing at least 3,000 people every week in Zimbabwe.
There was no immediate reaction from the government on the strike threat.
But Labour minister Nicholas Goche was quoted by State television saying the government was working on urgent measures to cushion workers and consumers from high inflation.
The MDC called on “all progressive Zimbabweans” to support the strike, saying it was time to protest President Mugabe’s legendary economic mismanagement.
“There is no doubt that workers are all the more poorer because of bad governance,” MDC secretary general Tendai Biti said. – Own correspondent

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