ZEWU has warned politicians in government that they risk being booted out of office in the next election if they continue shunning issues in regards the rights of workers.Addressing workers at a ZEWU labour forum held at the labour union’s offices in Harare on Thursday, General Secretary Tambaoga Nyazika said it was sad that some ministers were showing that they were unconcerned towards improving the lives of workers.
“Energy Minister Elton Mangoma must be warned that we will mobilize our members not to vote for him in the next elections as he has openly shown that he does not care about the plight of workers at ZESA.
The same also applies to Water Resources Minister Samuel Sipepa Nkomo who has chosen to exude some arrogance despite that ZINWA workers recently won an arbitral award for salaries increment.
Nkomo even had the temerity to brush aside ZINWA workers committee representatives when they questioned about their salaries.
By brushing off the workers what precedence was he trying to show to the human resources managers at ZINWA? Politicians must just be taught a lesson in next year’s elections,”Nyazika said.
Turning to ZESA salaries issue, Nyazika said ZEWU was saddened to note that the parastatal’s management had approached the High Court in a bid to nullify the salaries arbitral award by advocating for the removal of Professor Lovemore Madhuku from the panel.
“This is nothing but a delaying tactic…..ZESA management must be warned that time is running out….by next week we will swing into full scale industrial action,”he said.
Speaking at the same labour forum PTUZ Secretary General Raymond Majongwe called on ZESA workers to remain resolute.
“Solidarity is very important, together we are strong….it’s time to take employers head on,”Majongwe said.
The fully attended labour forum meeting agreed to intensify action and press ZESA management to abide by the arbitral ruling.
Fraternal affiliates such as International Socialist Organization, Medical Profession Workers Union of Zimbabwe, PTUZ and National Airline Workers Union gave out solidarity messages.