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ITCU Ranks Zimbabwe Among Worst Places for Workers

  • Tatenda Gumbo

ZCTU secretary general (left) addressing workers on Workers Day recently. (File Photo: ZCTU website)

ZCTU secretary general (left) addressing workers on Workers Day recently. (File Photo: ZCTU website)

Zimbabwe is one of the worst places to work, according to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

In a report released this week by ITUC, Zimbabwe is lowly-ranked, meaning that workers in the country aren’t guaranteed rights, and while legislation may spell out some rights, they are exposed to unfair and abusive practices.

Other African countries ranked with Zimbabwe are Zambia, Swaziland and Nigeria. Countries that scored worse than these countries, meaning there is no guarantee to rights due to no rule of law include, South Sudan, Sudan and Central African Republic.

South Africa and Togo scored highly on the score range, indicating that labor rights are generally guaranteed in these nations.

The ITUC said at a time when corporate power has never been greater, the results show that almost every country can improve on its treatment of workers.

Gideon Shoko, deputy secretary general of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, said Zimbabwe is currently lobbying watchdogs to improve their ratings.
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