At least 200 nurses across the country are also facing disciplinary action and risk being dismissed for engaging in a nationwide strike
Labour Court fees are almost equivalent to the minimum wage which means that the majority of workers can’t afford to pay them.
Ongoing human rights abuses in the country have reminded Zimbabweans that the regime did not change when Mugabe was ousted in 2017.
Nurses in Zimbabwe were met with police batons and arrests as they demanded better working conditions, improved salaries and provision of PPE.
With the imminent implementation of the pilot of the Special Economic Zones in Zimbabwe, the trade unions in the country are concerned about the high number of occupational health and safety cases. Special Economic Zones the world over are notorious for disregarding workers’ rights, including health and safety.
As Zimbabweans celebrated the end to Robert Mugabe’s 37 years of iron-fisted rule, which saw the country plunging from its Jewel of Africa status to basket case, the country’s largest labour body, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) chose to tread with caution.