Written by Chuks NZEH

NLC warns Zimbabwe against workers oppression

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has warned the Zimbabwe government to urgently stop the oppression of workers and trade unionists, expressing shock over the outrage that have trailed the mass protests in Zimbabwe.

The protests were occasioned by the sudden increase in pump prices of petroleum products by the government.

In a protest letter signed by NLC president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, to President Emerson Mnangagwa, through the High Commission in Abuja, he said "We have it on good authority that many leaders of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, ZCTU, and several civilians have been harassed, hounded, tortured, illegally detained and murdered for participating in peaceful protests against what many Zimbabweans perceive as insensitive policy choices by the government of Zimbabwe.

"The Nigerian working class family is sad that what should have passed on as a civil action in democratic climes was met with disproportionate use of force by the Zimbabwean military and security forces. The brazen show of force culminated into widespread suppression and violation of the fundamental human rights of ordinary Zimbabweans who were exposed to an orgy of violence, bloodshed and acts of state cruelty.

"The NLC is particularly concerned about allegations of home raids, killings, rapes, robbery and physical assaults against workers, women, children and civilians generally during the so-called crackdown of protests by the Zimbabwean security forces".

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