One of the leaders of the Movement for Democratic Change, Nelson Chamisa, who said he is going win the coming elections by 70 percent of the vote unless they are rigged, yesterday said this was the last May Day for workers without a bonus.
In his Road to Victory message Chamisa also said this is the last May Day for workers to experience the undermining of their labour rights and the belittling of International Labour Organisation standards.
“Today, there is nothing to celebrate and all we can do is commemorate and pay tribute to our sweat, our blood and our tears as we all seek to eke an honest living in these trying times,” Chamisa said.
“To the few who are still in formal employment, this is the last May Day of the workers without a bonus, without decent wages and without work-place representation. This is the last May Day for the workers to experience the undermining of their labour rights and the belittling of ILO standards.
“This is the last May Day of disrespect of the Kadoma Declaration; of a government disrespectful and contemptuous of its agreements with workers.
“Workers must unite and expect a truly new dispensation so that they join the rest of workers globally in living a decent life and enjoying the dignity of their hard work and the profit of their sweat.
“The year 2018 is the best opportunity for workers of Zimbabwe to enjoy transformation, opportunities and prosperity.
“From August this year after the next election, the army of the unemployed will join the battalion of the working people in the global labour community.”
Chamisa, an advocate, was one of the lawyers who represented Zuva Petroleum in a Supreme Court case which saw thousands of employees being dismissed on notice.
About 20 000 workers were fired after the Supreme Court ruling.
Chamisa has also promised to transform Zimbabwe into the jewel of Africa by 2023 complete with first world roads, freeways, bullet trains, the best health care, superclass hotels and the finest education.
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