Workers’ Day celebrations organised by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) in Harare today turned out to be a political rally disguised as a May Day gathering.
May Day is a special day set aside to recognise the importance of workers in the economic template of any country.
However, this was not the case at the ZCTU organised celebrations held at Dzivarasekwa Stadium in Harare where the ZCTU and MDC-T alliance was clearly demonstrated.
From the slogans that punctuated the celebrations to the messages delivered by the different speakers, it was clear that the labour body is now politically oriented and no longer worker oriented.
Besides the parade by representatives from affiliate unions and their banners, the gathering completely resembled a political rally complete with MDC-T and National People’s Party leadership in attendance
ZCTU affiliates delivered messages that were a direct attack on the government rather than being employer oriented as would be expected at such a gathering.
Contrary to their theme for this year: ‘Fighting Unemployment, Poverty and Inequality,’ ZCTU Secretary General, Japhet Moyo and President Peter Mutasa openly declared that the labour body is now engaging in politics.
Some years back, the ZCTU organised celebrations used to draw huge crowds as the labour body represented the worker and its mandate was clearly to address worker’s issues.
This year, the turnout at Dzivarasekwa Stadium sent a clear message to the organisers that they have lost the plot and people no longer have faith in them and their cause.