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Zimbabwe Labor Federation Calls Urgent Meeting Over Wage Freeze

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions has called an emergency meeting of its national council on Saturday to address pressure from its affiliate unions for action in opposition to a six-month freeze on wages announced by President Robert Mugabe.

Sources said the affiliates want to pressure the government to reverse the decision so they can press for wages on a level with the national poverty line. President Mugabe invoked the Presidential Powers Act last week to impose the cap on wages.

ZCTU Secretary General Wellington Chibebe told Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that Mr. Mugabe's wage decree violated the Labor Relations Act.

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