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ZCTU Condemns The Sacking Of Nurses' Union Leader

ZCTU Condemns The Sacking Of Nurses' Union Leader

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has condemned the sacking of Zimbabwe Professional Nurses Union (ZPNU) president Robert Chiduku by the Ministry of Health and Child Care, describing the move as persecution of the nurses.

Speaking to NewsDay on Tuesday, ZCTU secretary-general Japhet Moyo said the firing of Chiduku for his unionism violated the Labour Act. Said Moyo:

Our position is the same as the one we gave pertaining to the rail workers’ issue. The Labour Act itself provides that an employee has the right to belong to an organisation, and is allowed to participate.

Comrade Chiduku had a right to belong to the Professional Nurses Association, and he also had the right to participate in the association’s activities.

He cannot be penalised for exercising that right. As far as we are concerned, this is pure victimisation as no other employee will be interested in being voted into the same position.

It would mean that workers are going to be afraid to lead other workers in trade unionism.

It also means that no one will want to be a member of a trade union as they can be dismissed for participating.

Chiduku was fired from Gweru Provincial Hospital on Monday, 15 August 2022 on allegations of conducting union business at his workplace without the employer’s consent. He has seven days to appeal the decision.

More: NewsDay

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7 Comments

Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 month ago

If the law permits like you saying, he will be back and no one will be afraid to do union business 😂


Baba 10sen 1 month ago

Guys hie ndakadzoka nezuro. Ndoda kuregister kuvhota ndodii hama dzangu. Ndichadzoka paarticle iyoyi kana muine mazano.


Captain Jack Sparrow 1 month ago

He was fired for doing Union business on the employers premises without their knowledge... Uyo anyura akatomirira Zim human rights lawyers kuti vamumirire because he can't afford a lawyer and his union can't afford to hire him a professional lawyer because wakaomera ..... Number 1 disease of every opposition in Zim is wanting quality things/services for free kkkkk


@machiavelli 1 month ago

unozvinetserei nebenzi CJS unenge unope.ngawo futi iwe.munhu wekuti chese chataura iye wacho anotoziva kuti ari kurotomoka.

Machiavelli 1 month ago

@Captain Straw, we need not trample the same battle ground. The government is breaking the law it brought into being itself.

The Labour Relations Act is very particular about that aspect. It is incumbent upon ANY employer to provide time and place for any registered trade union activity at the workplace. Pure and simple. By sacking a bona-fide Trade Union official, the government is breaking the law.

This has nothing to do with politics, but basic industrial relations. My (un)learned friend research a little bit about Workers Committees, Works Councils and Trade Unions

Captain Jack Sparrow 1 month ago

@Machiavelli Since he has a week to appeal the decision let's just let time prove who is wrong the government or your bush law kkkkkk


g 1 month ago

@CJS are you deliberately this s tu PID or you are a candidate for ngomahuru.


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