By Staff Reporter
EX-MDC-T Vice President Thokozani Khupe’s MDC has scorned the Zanu PF led government for failing to accord sex workers their due dignity, among informal working groups still viewed lowly by most locals.
In a statement to mark Workers Day on Tuesday, party spokesperson Linda Masarira said Zimbabwean workers doing menial jobs were being denied labour rights.
“On this important day, we commemorate the heroic struggles of the forgotten workers; small scale miners and omakorokoza, farm workers, domestic maids, cattle herders and sex workers whose labour rights and human dignity remain denied.
“These workers toil under some of the most dehumanizing conditions and most often for wages far below their labour input. It is therefore imperative for all workers to unite!
“The unity of the working people is the only guarantee to a better society free from parasitic exploitation of one person by another.”
Professor Welshman Ncube’s MDC also accused the military backed Zanu PF regime for intimidating workers against expressing their rights to collective job action as seen recently by the summary expulsion of nearly 6 000 nurses by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga.
“The gun should not be used as an intimidatory weapon in a bid to silence and avoid engagement with workers,” party spokesperson Kurauone Chihwayi said in a statement.
“The military way of handling legitimate issues is a ploy to instill fear on workers. It signals how clueless the government is.
“Ignoring grievances has and will never work.
“This only leads to confrontation, which is unhealthy.”
MDC also called on the private sector “not to copy government’s clumsy and despicable manner of handling legitimate grievances”.
Likewise, Professor Lovemore Madhuku’s NCA blasted the “confused Zanu PF government” for embracing a Labour Act “which empowers employers to unjustifiably terminate workers contracts on 3 months’ notice”.
“NCA party is concerned that the right to strike is very restricted in the new undemocratic Constitution.
“This right is not available for government workers who continue to be subjected to conditions of work different from those of other workers including collective bargaining,” said party spokesperson Madock Chivasa.