ZCTU says Mugabe must fix the economy


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The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions today said President Robert Mugabe must fix the economy and fulfill his party's election promise to create two million jobs.  The country has been experiencing an economic decline since the 2013 elections with more workers losing their jobs and companies closing. “We haven’t seen a single job that has been created. We want a government that responds to the people's needs, nothing else,” ZCTU leader George Nkiwane said. He also criticised the proposed move to freeze or cut salaries and wages saying workers were already earning too little. “Wages in Zimbabwe are averaging $246 a month for most workers while the poverty datum line is above $500 and there is no sanity in proposing to cut such earnings,” Nkiwane said. Some workers have, however, criticised the ZCTU on its stance arguing that most companies are already failing to pay the workers the little that they are supposed to be currently getting.

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