The National Tripartite Negotiating Forum (NTF) has given government up to Tuesday next week to reverse the ban of the use of foreign currency in the country or face protests and strikes.
Addressing a press conference after the inaugural NTF meeting, Public Service Labour, Public Service and Social Welfare minister, Sekai Nzenza said social partners had demanded the removal of the law that banned the use of multi-currency or they will strike.
“Concern was raised on the consultative process leading to the promulgation of SI 142 of 2019. It was resolved that a proposal be made to cabinet to consider withdrawal or review of the statutory instrument with inputs from social partners. Going forward it was agreed that social and economic policy be discussed at TNF before pronunciation,” said Nzenza.
The NTF brings together labour, business and government to the negotiating table.
On Monday, government introduced the Zim dollar outlawing the use of the multi-currency and the move has been rejected by workers who allege would impoverish them further.
The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union ZCTU president, Peter Mutasa told the same briefing that if government does not revoke the ban on the use of multi-currency, workers would be left with no option but to strike.
“If by Tuesday the government does not give us a favourable answer, we will mobilise for mass action. This we have made it clear. People are dying and it is not about us as union leaders, but the generality of Zimbabweans who are affected by this move,” Mutasa said forcing Nzenza to react angrily.
“Let us not rush to declare general strikes when we are still negotiations are still on-going. It does not work; we gain nothing from a general strike. Anyway, let me call this meeting off immediately,” an emotional Nzenza said.