ZCTU factionalism hurts workers

Workers have lashed out at the two warring Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union factions led by Lovemore Matombo and George Nkiwane for failing workers by spending most of the time bickering.

Lovemore Matombo
Lovemore Matombo

Speaking during a labour forum organised by the Matombo faction, workers urged the two factions to stop wasting their time squabbling.

They said it was baffling why the two unions were not united as they were fighting for the same cause.

“The divisions in the ZCTU are working against workers. Why can’t you sit down and talk together and resolve the impasse,” said one of the workers from the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe affiliate.

Another worker said companies in Bulawayo were closing down and more attention should be given on how to deal with the challenge.

“You find a situation whereby workers wake up in the morning and go to work, only to find the gates closed.These are the issues that need to be addressed,” said a worker from the leather industry.

Raymond Majongwe, secretary general of the Matombo faction, agreed with workers but was quick to point out that their rivals were stubborn and did not want to unite.

“But we are prepared to engage the other faction and make a formidable force,” he said.

Last year the ZCTU was rocked by fierce infighting that saw it split into two factions.

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