ZIMTA holds Stakeholders' Seminar PDF Print E-mail
 
In support of  Education International, (E.I),’s call for unions to participate in the Day of Action to defend the right to strike, ZIMTA has organized  a one day seminar which shall see the leadership from  districts and branches  learn about their right to hold strikes.
 
Created: 19 February 2015
 
 
Key speakers and experts on   holding   strikes and strike processes will address the ZIMTA leaders   attending the seminar. 
 
The Day of Action to defend the right to strike falls on the 18th of February 2015, but ZIMTA has organized an activity to commemorate the day on the 20th of February in Harare.
 
The stakeholders’ meeting is expected to see participation of teachers and  representatives from government, judiciary and other human rights groups.
The Day of Action is an initiative of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the Workers’ Group at the International Labour Organization, (ILO).
 
According to EI, the right to strike is a cornerstone of democracy and social justice which has been recognized internationally for over   50 years.  About 90 countries have incorporated   the right in their National Constitutions, even though governments often prohibit public servants from exercising it.
 
It noted that ,” in recent months , however the employers’ representatives at  ILO, have challenged the very legal foundation of the right to strike  and its proposition into national law, to the point of disrupting the functioning of the organization’s supervisory mechanisms. The increasing use of ILO jurisprudence in national courts as well as in codes of conduct on business and human rights, demonstrates the relevance of ILO standards,
 
The employers’ group seems intent on finding ways to eliminate the right to strike altogether and to prevent national courts from using ILO jurisprudence on the matter to rule on the legality of industrial actions. Meanwhile social protests are being increasingly criminalized in a number of countries where workers   are already suffering from austerity measures imposed by the government”,  it said.
 
 
Meanwhile, Unions are  looking forward to the planned ILO meeting on 23 and 25 February 2015, that seeks to discuss the right to strike and report to the ILO governing body in March 2015.
 
 
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