Denounce Patrick Chinamasa: ITUC
THE International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has written to President Emmerson Mnangagwa asking his government to denounce Zanu PF acting spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa’s statement attacking labour unions.
In the letter dated July 29, ITUC said Mnangagwa’s government and Zanu PF were violating workers’ rights.
“On 27 July 2020, we noted a press conference convened by your party in which the acting spokesperson, (Patrick) Chinamasa, attacked and labelled our affiliate union a “Trojan Horse of the MDC Alliance and a terrorist organisation together with the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition, a civil society organisation, and others not mentioned.
“This follows efforts by your government and your party to disrupt a protest action against corruption in your country …
“We have been following up on your government’s respect for human rights and trade union rights and have observed persistent attacks on workers’ rights and freedoms, these attacks are an attempt to silence critics who have justified demands.
“Day by day Zimbabwean workers are threatened, harassed and persecuted for demanding good governance of their country,” read the letter to Mnangagwa.
ITUC added that the government was abusi
ng the Covid -19 crisis to pronounce decrees under the pretext of combating the spread of the pandemic, but with the intention of further stifling people’s freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
“This is contrary to the Covid -19 guidelines pronounced by the UN’s special rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
“In as much as your government is attempting to re-engage with the international community to help build up a better Zimbabwe, we are surprised that its actions on the ground are contrary to its obligations prescribed in the human rights instruments adopted by the same international community through the United Nations, the International Labour Organisation, the African Union and others.
“In view of the above, the ITUC urges your government to publicly dissociate from the Zanu PF claim that the ZCTU (the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions) is a terrorist organisation and confirm the ZCTU as a legitimate social partner you have been engaging with in the Tripartite Negotiating Forum meetings. “
This comes after Chinamasa said there were some labour organisations who were being used by opposition parties to cause anarchy in the country.