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Zimbabwe Workers to Protest Over Continued Job Losses

FILE: Members of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions hold banners advocating the scrapping of taxes on pension benefits. (AP Photo)

Zimbabwean workers, under the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), will on Saturday hit the streets in protest of continuing job losses.

According to the state-controlled Herald newspaper and other media reports, government-controlled companies have joined the fray of firms firing employees following a recent Supreme Court ruling allowing firms to terminate employees’ contracts after giving them a three-month notice.

ZCTU secretary-general, Japhet Moyo, told VOA Studio 7 the union’s general council has resolved to call the strike action after noticing the mounting job losses and government’s sloppiness in trying to plug the situation by introducing amendments to the country’s labour laws to protect workers.

The demonstrations will be held in Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Chonhoyi and Mutare.

Moyo said the police have already been informed about the strike, adding that they don’t anticipate any problems.

He accused the government of having knowledge of the court ruling because it is not acting to protect the workers.

“It is the government who might be responsible for this onslaught and they are hiding behind the employers,” Moyo said.