Vicious Attacks against Zimbabwean Trade Unions

Vicious Attacks against Zimbabwean Trade
Unions

Brussels, 19 October 2011 - The ITUC is
releasing today a report on core labour standards in
Zimbabwe coinciding with the Trade Policy Review at the WTO.
The report finds systematic abuses against trade unions and
poor compliance with other international labour
standards.

The ITUC report found that the authorities have
been routinely making use of “arrests, detentions, violence,
torture, intimidation and harassment” to curb union
activities and membership. The rights to organise, to
collectively bargain and to strike are under attack in
Zimbabwe, and numerous labour activists have been victims of
violent anti-union campaigns. The Public Order and Security
Act (POSA) is used to criminalise trade union action, in
effect. Furthermore, the report underlines the conclusions
of a recent ILO Commission of Inquiry which found “violence

and torture of trade union leaders and members by the
security forces coinciding with Zimbabwe Congress of Trade
Unions (ZCTU) nationwide events, indicating some centralized
direction to the security forces to take such action”.

Moreover, the government fails to enforce its laws on
discrimination, child labour and forced labour. The Labour
Inspectorate and other law enforcers are not well resourced,
while there are reports that police have been complicit in
trafficking and other crimes. The eradication of child
labour and forced labour do not appear to be priorities in
the government’s agenda.

To read the full report click here.

The
ITUC represents 175 million workers in 305 affiliated
national organisations from 151 countries and
territories.

Website: http://www.ituc-csi.org and http://www.youtube.com/ITUCCSI

ENDS

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