World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


International Day of T.U Action on Zimbabwe

International Day of Trade Union Action on Zimbabwe

The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), the World Confederation of Labour (WCL) and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) express their firm support for the leaders and members of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU). We strongly condemn the completely unwarranted police brutality against ZCTU activists in reaction to the protest demonstrations of September 13. We denounce in particular the planned and ruthless torture inflicted on 15 ZCTU leaders and activists at Harare's Matapi Police Station. We deplore that those who had fought so hard for freedom from an oppressive past, now find themselves facing similar retribution from the very people who they believed had delivered them from tyranny. This is not what Zimbabweans had fought for; they deserve much more.

The international trade union movement calls on the Government of Zimbabwe to respect the internationally recognised labour standards it purports to uphold, and to cease all further harassment against ZCTU members and leaders. As a first step it should drop all criminal charges against the 30 ZCTU activists due to go on trial on 3 October. No further legal action should be taken against the ZCTU as a result of the September 13 demonstration. Instead, the situation in Zimbabwe requires the rapid launch of a genuine process of social dialogue with the workers so as to find solutions to the very genuine concerns of the workers such as falling wages, rampant inflation and access to life-saving anti-viral drugs for those living with HIV-AIDS.

The Government of Zimbabwe has consistently violated the fundamental Conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) protecting trade union rights that it freely signed up to. These most recent incidents, including the very serious injuries sustained by ZCTU leaders while in police custody, are developed in a detailed and very serious complaint against Zimbabwe to be submitted to the ILO today.

The international trade union movement is now considering additional steps to increase the pressure on Zimbabwe to respect internationally recognized workers' rights.

The ICFTU represents 155 million workers in 241 affiliated organizations in 156 countries and territories: ICFTU is also a member of Global Unions:


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Preliminary Results: MH17 Investigation Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) is convinced of having obtained irrefutable evidence to establish that on 17 July 2014, flight MH-17 was shot down by a BUK missile from the 9M38-series. According to the JIT there is also evidence identifying the launch location that involves an agricultural field near Pervomaiskyi which, at the time, was controlled by pro-Russian fighters. More>>


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news