Search

 

Cablegate: Zctu Remains Noncommittal On Future Mass Action

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

UNCLAS HARARE 000888

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

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

E. O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON ELAB PGOV ZI
SUBJECT: ZCTU REMAINS NONCOMMITTAL ON FUTURE MASS ACTION

SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED. NOT FOR INTERNET POSTING.

1. (SBU) Summary. Discussions with the Zimbabwe Congress of
Trade Unions' (ZCTU's) chief economist indicate that while
the organization is willing to publicly flex its muscles, it
continues to be noncommittal about supporting politically-
driven calls for mass action. End summary.

2. (SBU) The ZCTU continues to see its path as separate
from and complementary to, rather than congruous with, that
of the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC). Although the ZCTU made strong statements at its May
Day celebrations that it would address political issues when
they affect its membership, the ZCTU's primary thrust
continues to address economic and workplace issues.
Nevertheless, labor contacts hint that there would be tacit
support -- if not outright mobilization -- in response to an
expected MDC call for mass action in the next few weeks.

3. (SBU) Comment: Labor sources continue to express an
awareness of their own role as distinct from the role of
opposition leaders. Although they are proud to be the
source of the opposition party, they do not feel obligated
to march in lock-step. We strongly suspect -- due to the
large crossover in membership -- that many individual ZCTU
members will heed an MDC call for mass action. However, the
ZCTU as an organization remains bound by the concepts of
consultation and consensus, which (notwithstanding the most
recent mass action) often prevent swift mobilization. End
comment.

Sullivan

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
World Headlines

 


Ethiopia: Conflict, Drought, Dwindling Food Support, Threatens Lives Of 20 Million

Hunger is tightening its grip on more than 20 million Ethiopians who are facing conflict in the north, drought in the south and dwindling food and nutrition support beginning next month, the UN food relief agency warned on Thursday... More>>


Euro Med Monitor: Syria Cross-border Aid Mechanism Extension Is Necessary For The Survival Of Millions

Permanent members of the UN Security Council should extend the cross-border aid to northwestern Syria, Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor said Tuesday in a statement...
More>>


Commonwealth Secretariat: Island Nations Urge Commonwealth Leaders To Bolster Ocean Climate Action
Small island nations are calling for strengthened global support for ocean and climate change action, just days before Commonwealth leaders convene in Kigali, Rwanda... More>>

World Vision: Deeply Concerned For Thousands Affected By Afghanistan Quake
World Vision is deeply concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan in the wake of a powerful earthquake in the early hours of this morning... More>>



Malaysia: UN Experts Welcome Announcement To Abolish Mandatory Death Penalty

UN human rights experts* today commended an announcement made by the Malaysian government that it will abolish the country’s mandatory death penalty and encouraged Parliament to take concrete steps to pass the agreement into law... More>>


Ukraine: Bachelet Briefs Human Rights Council On Mariupol
Excellencies, Further to Human Rights Council resolution S-34/1 adopted at its 34th Special Session, I present you with an oral update on the grave human rights and humanitarian situation... More>>