Zimbabwean union members under attack

Dead by 34The International Trade Union Confederation is protesting Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s latest brutal attacks on Trade union members. His actions recently have included attacks on trade unionists, the ransacking of the offices of the Zimbabwe Trade Union Congress (ZCTU), the killing of pro-democracy activist, Gift Tandare, during the peaceful demonstration on 13 March and the vicious beatings of opposition politicians and human rights activists, including Movement for Democratic Change leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, whose skull was fractured by security forces during a sustained assault.

The ITUC called on Mugabe to release immediately and without charge all persons detained during the March 11 and 13 events, to guarantee the safety of all those from the trade union movement and other civil society organisations, to ensure that the victims of the police violence receive proper medical attention and to cease interference in the internal affairs of the trade union movement.

International pressure continues to mount on the Mugabe regime, including from other African countries. The Zimbabwean Trade Union congress is planning a 2-day protest on 3 and 4 April as pressure on Mugabe continues to grow.

LabourStart has an email petition that you can sign to support union members in Zimbabwe.

New Zealand Council of Trade Unions president Ross Wilson is supporting the protests and said;

“This latest attack by President Mugabe’s security forces on organised workers and the detention and assaults of opposition leaders in the MDC are unacceptable breaches of human rights. Unions internationally are deeply concerned about the crisis in Zimbabwe.”

(Thanks to Sokwanele – Zimbabwe for the photo)

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