Trade unionists picket Zimbabwe border

Submitted by Anon on 22 March, 2005 - 12:55

South African trade unionists picketed the Zimbabwe border last week to demand democratic and labour reforms ahead of Zimbabwe’s 31 March parliamentary elections.

Members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) gathered close to the border calling for solidarity with Zimbabwe's labour movement, which is increasingly restricted by security laws imposed by Mugabe's government.

COSATU accuses the Zimbabwean government of human rights abuses and says the elections will not be free and fair. Two COSATU delegations have been expelled from Zimbabwe over the past year, most recently in February when a fact-finding team was ejected.

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