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Representatives of Zimbabwean Civil Servants Charge Intimidation Over Strike


Public Service Association Executive Secretary Emmanuel Tichareva said government department heads in Harare and elsewhere have been taking down the names of those who fail to show up for work, leading some of the striking employees to return

Amid mixed reports on the extent of participation by state workers in a strike called February 5 over salaries, the Public Service Association has charged that civil servants in Harare and elsewhere have experienced intimidation by supervisors to discourage them from taking part in the action.

Public Service Association Executive Secretary Emmanuel Tichareva said that government department heads in Harare, the capital, and eastern Manicaland province, have been taking down the names of those who fail to show up for work, leading some of the striking employees to return.

But the organization claims 80 percent participation in most locations including Bulawayo, Gweru and Masvingo.

VOA was unable to obtain comment on the strike from Public Service Minister Eliphas Mukonoweshuro or another senior official in the ministry.

Tichareva told VOA Studio 7 reporter Patience Rusere there have been no talks with the government as the strike enters its second week.

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