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Zimbabwe Union Calls March to Protest Conditions

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions has called for marches around the country next week to draw attention to the plight of workers amid the economic crisis.

ZCTU Secretary General Wellington Chibhebe says the action is necessary because the government has not taken measures that were agreed upon to soften the impact of soaring inflation and unemployment in excess of 70% of the workforce.

The government blames the crisis on Western sanctions – though most observers say targeted sanctions affect only senior officials – and a slump in exports.

Mr. Chibhebe told reporter Chinedu Offor of VOA’s Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the call for a nationwide march was collectively decided by several workers’ rights groups.

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