Zimbabwe is a country where serious trade union rights violations persist, despite the new Government of National Unity. Members of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) still face harassment at the hands of the police, ZANU-PF youths and the Central Intelligence Organisation. In 2009, three striking mineworkers were Stellan Hermannson, Foster Dongozi, David Begg, Jennifer Dube and David Joyce shot and injured and many workers faced severe sanctions for exercising the right to strike. ZCTU President Lovemore Matombo was arrested in November 2009 along with four colleagues under the notorious Public Order and Security Act. Union activities are hampered by restrictive legal provisions, and there are no trade union rights in the public sector. Read more here
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Foster Dongozi of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists gives Congress General Secretary David Begg some advice on dealing with the IMF.Congress recently met with General Secretary of the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists, Foster Dongozi and Jennifer Dube, Chair of the union's gender equality committee. They were here as part of an NUJ supported project - Zimbabwe Action - that helps to provide practical supports to Zimbabwe journalists and the ZUJ. The Irish Government offered strong support to the ZUJ visitors when they met Minister of State for Development Aid, Mr Peter Power.