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Cablegate: Zftu- There's No There, There

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

UNCLAS HARARE 000864

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE

STATE FOR AF/S
NSC FOR SENIOR AFRICA DIRECTOR JFRAZER
USDOC FOR AMANDA HILLIGAS
PASS USTR FLORIZELLE LISER
STATE PASS USAID FOR MARJORIE COPSON
USDOL FOR ROBERT YOUNG
STATE FOR MARINDA HARPOLE

E. O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ELAB PHUM ETRD ECON EINV PGOV ZI ZANU PF ZCTU
SUBJECT: ZFTU- There's no there, there

1. (SBU) Summary: Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions
(ZFTU) is a ZANU-PF shell union seeking to undermine
Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU). End Summary.

2. (SBU) ZCTU is a strong civil society voice for
workers rights. Its advocacy and support for the
opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) puts it
at the top of GOZ reprisal targets.

3. (SBU) Two and an half years ago, GOZ created the
ZFTU to undermine ZCTU credibility and support. Both the
Employers Confederation of Zimbabwe (EMCOZ) and
International Labor Organization (ILO) dismiss ZFTU as a
mere nuisance. ZFTU has created splinter unions to
compete with ZCTU-affiliated unions. The Solidarity
Center representative in Zimbabwe stated Zanu-PF may give
money to ZFTU for a national convention as part of its
parliamentary election strategy.

4. (SBU) EconOff's failed in his numerous attempts to
make contact with ZFTU. The organization apparently has
no offices, landline phones, or professional staff. There
appears to be no there, there.

5. (SBU) EconOff did find a cell phone number, but
suspects it belongs to Joseph Chinotomba- the self-styled
leader of the war veterans who led the lawless takeover
of commercial farms. Post decided there was no sense in
talking to Mr. Chinotomba as any conversation would only
be misused to legitimize GOZ policies.

6. (SBU) Comment: While EconOff suspected ZFTU
represented merely a ruling party destabilization effort,
May Day celebrations in which ZFTU raised health and
safety issues in the workplace suggested otherwise.
However, in attempting to investigate this organization,
EconOff comes back to the original conclusion.

Sullivan

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