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Cablegate: Labor Inches Its Way Towards Further Mass Action

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

290553Z May 03

UNCLAS HARARE 001062

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

STATE FOR AF/S, DRL
NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR JFRAZER

E. O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON ELAB PGOV ZI
SUBJECT: LABOR INCHES ITS WAY TOWARDS FURTHER MASS ACTION


SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED. NOT FOR INTERNET POSTING.

1.(SBU) On May 27, the independent press published calls
from the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC) for a week-long series of "marches" beginning on June
2. The press characterizes these as part of the "final
push" to remove President Mugabe from power. While labor
contacts believe that some of their members will participate
in the MDC action, labor leaders will not call for
simultaneous action on their own part. Instead, they plan
to call for further stayaways in July, should the opposition
action in June not bring about change.

2. (SBU) Comment: This follows the pattern of the recent
interplay between these two civic groups, wherein the MDC
called for a stayaway in March, and the Zimbabwe Congress of
Trade Unions (ZCTU) followed this with its own stayaway the
following month. Labor continues to be concerned with the
separation of its role from that of the official opposition
party. Additionally, much of the ZCTU leadership's
attention will be focused on the annual International Labor
Organization's (ILO's) International Labour Conference in
Geneva during the first week of June. Several contentious
issues raised during last year's conference will be
addressed, and it is unlikely that any global call for
action will take place during the absence of the ZCTU's
President and Secretary General. End comment.

Sullivan

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