Labour faces off over trade union rights in Zimbabwe

Posted: June 18, 2008 in Uncategorized

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This is one of the most unusual trade union campaigns I’ve ever heard of — and I’m pretty excited by it. Please take a moment and read on.

Many of you will have heard that two leaders of Zimbabwe’s embattled trade union movement were arrested a few weeks ago on charges of ‘spreading falsehoods prejudicial to the state’ — in other words, telling the truth.

Next Monday, Lovemore Matombo and Wellington Chibebe, President and General Secretary of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, are going back to court to face charges. Unions around the world are organizing protests that day at Zimbabwe embassies, and if you can attend or organize such an event that’s great.

But there’s something you can do right now without getting up out of your chair. The Trades Union Congress here in London is making a giant photo mosaic of Lovemore and Wellington, using pictures of hundreds of their supporters from around the world — and they want to use your photo as one tiny part of it.

They’ll get this printed on a large banner in time for the London demonstration on 23 June, and they’ll make the image available to other international demonstrations and to the media.

Please email a photo of your face to zim@tuc.org.uk.

You can read more about this effort here.

More Information (Source: Google)
Demonstration for democracy, rights and freedom for Zimbabwe
The Zimbabwean, Africa – 13 Jun 2008
On 23 June Lovemore Matombo, President of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) and Wellington Chibebe, General Secretary of ZCTU are due in court to

TopNews
Wrexham AM’s bid to free Zimbabwe union men
Evening Leader, UK – 20 May 2008
In her letter, Miss Griffiths expressed her deep concern for the safety and well-being of Lovemore Matombo, Wellington Chibebe and Raymond Majongwe.
Labour union leaders released on bail Zimbabwejournalists.com
ZCTU leaders out on bail Politicsweb
all 14 news articles »
ZCTU PRESS RELEASE
The Zimbabwean, Africa – 4 Jun 2008
with Freedom of Expression and Association while. The ZCTU is represented at the ILO by President Lovemore Matombo and secretary-General Wellington Chibebe.
Zimbabwe: Unionists granted bail
Green Left Weekly, Australia – 24 May 2008
High Court had granted Z$20 billion bail to Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions president Lovemore Matombo and ZCTU general secretary Wellington Chibebe.
Zimbabwe: ZCTU Sets Out to Tarnish Country’s Image
AllAfrica.com, Washington – 23 May 2008
Some of the issues ZCTU is expected to raise include the arrest of its president, Mr Lovemore Matombo, and secretary-general Mr Wellington Chibebe two weeks

Times Online
Opposing Robert Mugabe is now ‘treason
Times Online, UK – 12 Jun 2008
be charged with making prejudicial statements, a charge used to silence a raft of government critics, including the trade union leader Lovemore Matombo.
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