More than 6000 sugar plantation workers took to the streets of Chiredzi, demonstrating against their union, accusing it of acting unilaterally and embroiling itself in the illegal plot to oust President Robert Mugabe.
The workers from Tongaat Huletts began their protest march with a visit to the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare which they accused of condoning illegal actions by the Sugar Milling Industry Workers Union.
Tongaat Huletts Chairperson, Freedom Madungwe accuses the Sugar Milling Industry Union of delving into the political fray by fund-raising for shoddy political activities masterminded in an attempt to catapult former Vice President Joice Mujuru to power.
Mr Madungwe said one such scheme involved a housing scheme which was disowned by the purported administrators.
The workers say they resorted to demonstrating against the union as a way of distancing themselves from activities of the union, which made headlines in September last year after holding meetings with ousted former Public Service Minister, Cde Nicholas Goche.
Cde Goche has since been dismissed from the government after he was fingered for being part of Dr Mujuru’s inner circle.
Mr Madungwe further alleged that the union, led by Simbarashe Nyemba and his Secretary General, Edmore Hwarare fraudulently altered the organisation’s constitution and had failed to convene an annual meeting.
The workers say they are also unhappy about the union’s failure to adequately address their grievances.