01 May 2020
For the first time in four decades, Zimbabwean workers will mark May Day without gatherings in all the regions .Most of us will be at home, under lockdown like one third of the global population. Those at work would be medical and health workers fighting to keep us alive, and a few other workers in sectors delivering essential services necessary to keep society running. This must be a moment of reflection for us, on the significance of May Day, the pandemic, and its aftermath.
We must fight now for fundamental changes and not mere “panel-beating” of what has been. That “normal” was at the heart of the problem. It was why there were not enough PPE for health workers or even enough health workers to start with. It is why our public health system is in shambles. It is why Zimbabwe became the poverty hub for the proliteriate group while the bourgeoisie are enjoying their sweat drinking expensive whiskey in the comfort of their mansions.
The demands of the time go beyond those of genteel dynamics of collective bargaining. Audacity, audacity and yet audacity is required of the working class. We must put forward radical demands based on workers’ power, for a developmental paradigm which puts people before profit. The struggle for better Zimbabwe.
For organised labour to have any historic significance, it must be realistic and demand the seemingly impossible –
I salute all workers who have been incarcerated and some their salaries were ceased fighting for better worker welfare and remuneration. Let’s keep fighting for our rights as workers without fear or creed one day we will revive our sectors esp my sector education .
Let’s celebrate our sweat as we all fight the common enemy COVD-19 remember the rules to keep safe!!!
ARTUZ Gender and Social Welfare secretary