01 May 2020
By Wellington Gweshe
May Day remains a time not only to commemorate labour’s contributions but also to draw public attention to the plight of workers and the struggle of labour unions to improve working conditions. The world society is comprised of a myriad of work forces which deliver a number of crucial services that support the existence of mankind dwelling in different parts of the global village. I am of the conviction that each service provider/worker has a quantum of labour related challenges that stimulate the hunger and thirsty to see the prevalence of labour justice at various work places hence the need to lodge struggles for their plight in their respective working areas.
It takes men and women of valour to be part of the struggles to improve working conditions as the road to freedom may be rough and tough due to the intervention of tyrant leaders who use inhuman mechanisms to stop workers’ struggle. Workers struggles in different parts of the world have been characterised by ill treatment of labour unions members together with their leaders through incarcerations, abductions, job losses, wanton arrests and to some extent some labour front liners lost lives. As ARTUZ Mutoko district we dedicate 2020 May Day to celebrate labour related victories already won from ancient times to date together with the victories to be won in the near future, Red Salute to the labour movement front liners in risking their lives to ill-treatment in a bid to fight for workers’ rights and better working conditions.
Under normal circumstances, the world over the May Day commemorations are marked by workers gatherings graced with parades in which workers march with their local union and receive speeches from labour leaders. 2020 worker’s day comes at a time when the world is in a crisis due to the pandemic Corona Virus Infectious Disease (Covid-19), the disease has become an international disaster considering the number of deaths it has caused from its discovery to date. The transmission of the disease has resulted in several countries to implement national lockdown as a mitigatory measure to contain the disease as per WHO recommendations.
The lockdown has affected international trading and this brings the fact that the disease has a ruinous thrust on several national economies and the world economy at large. Currently a number of workers around the globe have lost both formal and informal jobs due to the lockdown henceforth the pandemic disease has drastically affected the livelihoods of the majority of the working class. The disease caught the whole world unaware and conceived a predicament beyond the control of many people including the majority of the first world countries but we are of the perception that no worker should be retrenched or lose his/her job now because of the corona virus induced lockdowns and the time after the disease crisis. At this juncture of the crisis, it is advisable for governments to open up facilities that see the affected workers claim unemployment benefits.
People are uncertain about the overall consequences of the pandemic disease and there is a high level of insecurity brewing up in people’s minds based on life aspects such as finances, food, careers and health care etc. On this note, it will be greatly appreciated if our government stretches its love for its citizens by unveiling transparent programs that offer support to all the Zimbabweans without any form segregation, people are in need of the supply of basic commodities, financial and mental health care support. Mental health care support programs are of paramount importance and can be conveyed through radio and television stations to ease the corona virus driven psychological burdens in the majority of citizens. It is also important for the government to note that economically the demarcations of vulnerability have expanded to an extent that everyone is now vulnerable.
Lets stay safe COVID-19 IS A KILLER
Shinga mushandi shinga
WELLINGTON GWESHE ARTUZ MUTOKO DISTRICT