Zimbabwe start of rolling strike days

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Zimbabwe start of rolling strike days

Support the ZCTU stay away 3rd and 4th April

We are starving; we will eat your teargas. - Zimbabwe National Students Union
The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has resolved that:
All workers be mobilised to stay away from work from 3 to 4 April 2007
National actions will be called for after every three months and they will be incremental until the situation improves
Poverty. Hyperinflation. Oppression. Unemployment. Failure of basic services.
Show your disagreement with how our country is being mismanaged and SUPPORT the ZCTU and STAY AWAY ON 3 and 4 April 2007
Read the ZCTU communique about the stay away on http://www.zctu.co.zw/html/stmts/21906.shtm orcontact them for more information, on email info@zctu.co.zw or phone +263-4-794702/42 or +263-4-702517.
Lobby your friends and colleagues - forward this email on to them.
Let the workers organise. Let the toilers assemble. Let their crystallized voice proclaim their injustices and demand their privileges. Let all thoughtful citizens sustain them, for the future of Labour is the future of Zimbabwe.
http://www.swradioafrica.com/pages/zctu300307.htm

Zimbabwe unions say job boycott on but no marches
Fri 30 Mar 2007, 14:24 GMT

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's main labour union said on Friday it would go ahead with a job boycott next week but said there would be no street marches for fear of possible violent official reprisals.
The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) said the majority of its affiliate unions had backed the April 3-4 stay away because President Robert Mugabe's government had not complied with demands to improve workers' conditions.
The workers want a minimum wage of 1 million Zimbabwe dollars and for the government to resolve an economic meltdown and increase access to anti-retroviral drugs.
Police last September thwarted a planned peaceful protest by the ZCTU and arrested its leaders and a dozen workers, who said they were beaten and injured while in police custody.
Police also moved to stop an opposition rally this month, arresting and allegedly beating several opposition leaders in a move which drew widespread international condemnation.
"Considering the current environment, the ZCTU is saying people have to stay at home, stay indoors (because) it has to be as peaceful as possible," ZCTU president Lovemore Matombo told journalists, acknowledging fears of a government crackdown.
Analysts say the ZCTU's calls for strikes over labour and social issues in recent years have largely failed due to government intimidation and workers' fears of losing their jobs in a country that has an 80 percent unemployment rate.
Zimbabwe is in the throes of damaging economic crisis, which has seen inflation pass 1,700 percent, unemployment rocketing to 80 percent and worsened shortages of foreign currency and food.
Matombo said the ZCTU would be carrying out work stayaways every three months if workers' concerns were not addressed.
The government has since last month imposed bans on protests and rallies across much of Harare after police clashed with opposition supporters.
http://africa.reuters.com/top/news/usnBAN055430.html

Zimbabwe Teachers Threaten New Strike As Inflation Eats Pay Gains
By Jonga Kandemiiri
Washington 30 March 2007
Interview With Raymond Majongwe
Listen to Interview With Raymond Majongwe
Zimbabwean teachers who ended a strike last month after the government raised their salaries 525% to a monthly minimum of Z$528,000 (US$$20), are threatening to go back on strike unless the minimum is raised again to Z$1.4 million a month.
Officials of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe said hyperinflation has eaten up the salary increases granted by the government in February.
The union demand drew a quick response from the government: officers of the Central Investigations Department paid a visit to PTUZ headquarters on Thursday looking for Secretary General Raymond Majongwe, union officials said.
Majongwe told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that his members are still failing to make ends meet even after the recent increase.
More reports from VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe...
http://www.voanews.com/english/Africa/Zimbabwe/2007-03-30-voa65.cfm

Demonstration of solidarity with the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)

ACTSA and the TUC call on you to stand with us as we stand in solidarity with the Zimbabwe congress of trade unions (ZCTU). The ZCTU issued the government of Zimbabwe with demands, including a minimum wage linked to a living wage. These demands have been ignored and so the ZCTU have been spurred into action. They will be holding a two day general strike on the 3rd and 4th of April throughout Zimbabwe. Trade unionists and political activists in Zimbabwe and the international community are encouraged to take to the streets and voice their disgust at the lack of respect for the rights of workers. In the UK we are organising a demonstration outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London on Wednesday 4th April to mirror the protest in Zimbabwe and show our complete support for the plight of Zimbabweans. We must stand in solidarity at this desperate time for our comrades and fellow human beings in Zimbabwe by making our disapproval heard!
Join us outside the Zimbabwe Embassy, Zimbabwe House, 429 Strand, London, WC2R 0QE between 12-2pm on Wednesday 4th April. Please let us know if you can make it by sending a quick email to campaigns@actsa.org . View a map detailing the Embassys' location. [Map]
If you can't make it to the demonstration don't worry, you can still show your solidarity in one of two ways:
• You can add your support to the Labourstart online campaign at http://www.labourstart.org/cgi-bin/solidarityforever/show_campaign.cgi?c...
or alternatively
• send a message to the Zimbabwe Embassy in London by emailing the Zimbabwe Embassy and cutting and pasting the following message:
"I am outraged by the violent assault on the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) offices and workers. The opportunity to peacefully demonstrate, associate and campaign is a fundamental human right and the raid on the offices, in which literature was seized, is a basic infringement of this right. The people of Zimbabwe are entitled to demonstrate for workers rights and democracy and therefore such a blatant attempt by the Zimbabwean government to quash a member-based organisation like the ZCTU is deplorable. Workers should not be treated or intimidated in this way. The international community that supports democracy and human rights stands firmly alongside all the innocent victims of this struggle and all who have suffered at the hands of the Mugabe regime. Please pass on my deep disgust with the present treatment of workers and activists to the Zimbabwean government. We demand that they start adhering to these basic rights.'
Briefing document (400 words) issued 26 Mar 2007
http://www.tuc.org.uk/international/tuc-13126-f0.cfm