That all civil servants and indeed all workers have the right to work stoppage and strikes is a right that cannot be debated under any shadow of excuse.
The very fight for true and lasting democracy cannot be separated from such central rights such as the rights of workers.
Zimbabwe has gone a long way in recognizing the and institutionalizing the right of the worker and it would be sad for all this to be sacrificed at the altar of political expediency now because Government workers are expressing their discontent for very low salaries and below average working conditions.
We are certain and agree with civil servants as we agree with all workers in Zimbabwe that salaries are well below those required for workers to manage a normal life.
The MDC finds it sad that some of our partners in government are actively and passively playing political football with the grievances of the civil servants and a spurious attempt to gain some imagined political advantage.
We call upon the government to show seriousness and empathy for civil servants and proceed to engage them with the utmost speed and resources available to it. It is both surprising and unacceptable to us that a government Minister of Public Service who is also curiously a serving Deputy President of a trade union (ZCTU), whose party claims to be worker-friendly, will have the cheek and temerity to refuse to deal with civil servants’ very clear and urgent grievances.
Because many of the civil servants hold very important and critical positions in the lives of the ordinary Zimbabwean, failing to adequately face up to and seek solutions to this potential crisis and matter of potential national security, then it would be a sad indictment on the part of our government.
Nhlanhla Bahlangene Dube
Media, Information & Publicity Secretary
Movement for Democratic Change
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