We re-iterate our commitment to the protection and promotion of human rights, including the rights of all workers to decent jobs and decent pay.
We are determined to contribute to the upliftment and transformation of the lives of the people of Zimbabwe, and today join the working people of our country in commemorating the International Workers Day 2016, under the theme â€œCelebrating the International Labour Movementâ€.
The International Labour Day affords us the opportunity to reflect on, and celebrate the advances that working people have achieved in better working conditions, fair remuneration and enhanced work place democracy. We also celebrate the contributions working people have made to the broader national struggles for political liberation, economic development and social justice.
This yearâ€™s commemorations take place in an environment characterised by the collapse of the formal economy, high unemployment, near-total collapse of service delivery and a ravaging drought. 98% of working age people, especially the youths, are in the informal sector, 60% of the industries which were operating in 2010 have shut down and 83% of our people live on less than US$1 a day. Many women still die needlessly, while giving birth, so do too many children under the age f 5; because the national health services have been destroyed.
Generally, the people feel hopeless, and they are in despair, dejected and demoralized.
More critically, in many enterprises in all sectors of the economy country-wide, in both the public and private sectors, working people have gone for long periods without being paid for wok already done. In the last month, the spectre of cash shortages has haunted even the few who are still employed, as they fail to access their hard earned money.
In light of the foregoing, we democratic political parties, pledge to the people of Zimbabwe that:
- Creating Employment
We will work together to formulate policies and programmes of economic recovery and growth, which preserve the few existing Â jobs, and create more formal jobs in all sectors of the national economy.
- Social Contract
We commit ourselves to the implementation of the Social Contract articulated in the Kadoma Declaration. This cardinal national covenant has been rendered inutile by the inept and corrupt ZANU-PF government.
- Labour law reform
We commit ourselves to reforming the countryâ€™s labour laws of the land to ensure the effective protection of workersâ€™ rights, while raising the work ethic and enhancing national productivity. Further we pledge to work for the harmonization of labour laws, so as to give equal rights to all workers in Zimbabwe.
- Upholding fundamental rights to organize, associate and assemble
Unionism is about organising, associating and assembly. It is about mass mobilisation. Consequently, we commit ourselves to respecting and promoting these fundamental rights, already in the national Constitution. We also pledge to work for the repeal of such draconian laws as the Public Order and Security Act (POSA), which have been used to persecute trade unionist, political parties and other human rights defenders in our country.
The emancipation of the people of Zimbabwe, including workers, and the creation of a social democratic state, are cardinal objectives of the current phase of the national democratic struggle. In furtherance of this goal, we commit ourselves to cooperate with the working people of Zimbabwe, and all other national groups who share this purpose; to free our country of the failed, dictatorial, cruel and corrupt ZANU PF regime.
Workers of the world unite
Shinga mushandi shinga
Qhina sisebenzi qhina!