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1 May 2012
Inclusive Government Must Urgently Address Workers' Plight
Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition calls on the Inclusive Government to urgently address the plight of workers across the country in a manner demonstrative of a caring government that is sensitive to the hardship that workers face daily. Three decades of unsustainable policies by the government including the ill-planned Economic Structural Adjustment Progrma (ESAP), Zimbabwe's controversial involvement in 1998- 2002 Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) war, the unbudgeted for, and looted, war veterans compensation fund and the chaotic land reform plunged the Zimbabwe economy into the abyss.
The economic plunge also resulted in the disintegration of major industries including manufacturing and agriculture rendering thousands of workers jobless. It is estimated that Zimbabwe's unemployment rate stands at a mind-boggling 95% with most citizens relying on the informal sector, which government continues to frustrate. The Inclusive Government must prioritize workers' needs.
In addition, the self serving and elitist Indigenization and Empowerment drive, fronted by Savior Kasukuwere and his ZANU PF counterparts, is, if not properly addressed, a potential source of business closures and ultimately, increased unemployment. Instead of attracting investors by addressing the social and economic challenges facing the country, it seems ZANU PF is bent on worsening the situation by embarking on a self serving empowerment drive not unlike the chaotic land reform which crippled the economy and left thousands of farm workers displaced, homeless and jobless.
It is important for the Inclusive Government to boost investor confidence and to resuscitate major industries as a step towards job creation. Moreover, government should also ensure that the extractive industry, particularly Marange diamonds, is more transparent in order to realize more revenues which can be channeled towards improving the well being of civil servants who are living far below the poverty datum line of USD500.
Workers are the backbone of economic development and as such need to be treated with the respect that they deserve.
Issued by: Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition