ED reported to International Labor Organization for violating labor rules

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government faces a major setback in its efforts to lure investment after the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions last week wrote to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) accusing the government of anti-trade union discrimination.

President Mnangagwa

This follows the reluctance by the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), a subsidiary of ZESA to comply with the 2012 Collective Bargaining Agreement that had the effective of increasing the minimum basic salary of its employees to 275 dollars.

In a letter addressed to the ILO’s Committee on Freedom of Association ZCTU Secretary General, Japhet Moyo said the government of Zimbabwe, which wholly owns the subsidiary, was violating international labour rules by promoting anti-union discrimination as ZETDC was accountable to government through the Ministry of Energy and Power Development.

“We would like to draw your attention to the serious violations of article 1,2,3 and 4 of the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention of 1949 (No 98), by the government of Zimbabwe as well as the principles of freedom of association,” Moyo wrote in a letter also copied to Zimbabwe’s Ministers of Labour and Energy

The complaint by the labour body will likely see Zimbabwe on the agenda of the International Labour Conference, which is held annually in June.

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