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Chitungwiza Suspends More Workers Over July Strike

The Chitungwiza municipality Tuesday suspended more than 100 workers who participated in last month’s industrial action that crippled the satellite town.

The move came hard on the heels of a workers’ ultimatum to the local authority threatening a three-day strike if suspended union leaders were not reinstated by end of day Tuesday.

The union leaders were suspended for allegedly inciting workers to go on a five-day strike last month.

Studio 7 tried to reach Chitungwiza Town Clerk, George Makunde, and mayor Philip Mutoti for comment but they were not responding.

Acting workers’ union chairman, Otto Nyika, said the council was trying to intimidate workers, adding protests will begin Wednesday until all suspended workers are reinstated.

Last week the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions condemned the suspension of six union leaders, saying they did not act on their own but were merely representing all the workers.