Ongoing human rights abuses in the country have reminded Zimbabweans that the regime did not change when Mugabe was ousted in 2017.
Informal economy workers in Zimbabwe say the government imposed the lockdown without making sure they would have means to survive.
Trade unions organising domestic workers in Zimbabwe say that employers are taking full advantage of the changing work environment imposed by the lockdown due to covid-19.
A joint inspection survey by trade unions and the government reveals that most food producers in Zimbabwe are complying with covid-19 regulations but testing remains a challenge.
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.