The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Workers Mark May Day

ZIMBABWEANS will today converge at various venues countrywide to celebrate Workers Day at a time the country's political economy has drastically changed, with most people now working in the informal sector. This has seen the number of workers celebrating the day dwindling each year as many have become employers.

Workers' Day is celebrated on May 1 the world over. Celebrations in Harare are expected to be depressed, with one of the major labour bodies in the country -- the Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions -- saying it was not holding any special event in the capital.

People said Workers Day should be redefined as it was no longer about celebrating the successes and rights of the workers, but the alignment of unions to political parties. The biggest culprit has been the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, whose central role in creating the MDC in 1999 has resulted in greater focus on politics and less on labour issues.

The situation has been compounded by an economy reeling from the effects of an illegal Western sanctions regime that has driven many out of formal employment and saw large companies closing, retrenching or freezing recruitment.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2014 The Herald. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.