Hands Off the Street Vendors!
The Mugabe ZANU PF regime has threatened so-called illegal street vendors in Harare and Bulawayo with police and perhaps also army repression beginning Monday, June 8th, 2015. The Mugabe regime is under pressure from local and foreign capitalists to deal with the vendors, hence the crackdown. The Mugabe “revolution” has not secured national independence and has taken and survives due to its role of imposing the will of foreign capital on the masses with total disregard for their needs. This is the popular front trapping the masses in misery. Around 5 million people are involved in street vending and their unions have vowed to resist the action. The RWG calls for strike actions across the country to foil this attack on masses of the urban poor! In Zimbabwe, anyone is liable to become a small vendor who is not part of the labor aristocracy.
The ZANU PF liberators of 1980 become the quasi-colonial regime of today just as the Chinese degenerate workers state of those days who backed them has become Chinese imperialism, the main prop of the Zimbabwe regime today. This regime has failed to bring about national liberation on every imaginable score, with a real unemployment rate of 90% or thereabouts among the urban and even the rural working class. Thus an attack on the street vendors amounts to an attack on the national domestic economy itself. It is not a question of finding a proper “place” for our “mothers” to sell their “goodies” (ZANU PF Political Commissar Kasukuwere.)
The mere fact that the Joint Operations Command (JOC) spokesperson local Government Minister Chombo could suggest that the army could be employed in tandem with the police to herd the vendors off the streets suggests the real dimensions of the crisis both of the economy and the regime. It is interesting to note that the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), the opposition grouping favored by Anglo-American imperialism, points to the failure of the ZANU PF to deliver the 2.3 million jobs it promised when it stood in the last elections. Of course the MDC has no program for generating these jobs, nor even a desire to do so, because full employment of the Zimbabwe working class would immediately change the relationship of class forces to the disadvantage of their Western imperialist sponsors.
Jobs for all! For a 30 hour workweek at 40 hours Pay! We demand a sliding scale of wages and prices and employment for all who can work; working conditions should improve for all workers! For guaranteed employment for all who are able, a guaranteed income for all!
We demand the introduction of state projects to employ all the unemployed! Workers! Force the government to stop the attack on the vendors!
Land must be distributed to all poor peasants together with a state bank to provide cheap credit to all small farmers!
Workers form action committees to lead the resistance to the growing attacks on the wages and working conditions of the poor and the livelihood of the majority poor! We call on the workers and the oppressed groups to convene a congress of delegates from the working people, peasants, urban poor, youth and soldiers to come up with a constitution that guarantees a good life for all!
Workers break with the MDC and ZANU PF and form a workers party that truly champions the interests of the workers and the poor masses, form rank and file unions to lead action in all unions and break with the reformist trade union leadership!
No to US and Chinese imperialism!
No to reformism and fake Trotskyism, build a fighting socialist party!
For workers councils and for a workers state based upon them that defends workers and peasants against the local and foreign capitalists! For a workers and peasants’ government on the basis of the armed people to implement decisions that benefit the workers and the poor.
For an African socialist revolution as part of the international revolution that alone can guarantee a better life for all!
For a new world party of socialist revolution based on the Transitional Program of 1938 to lead the revolution to end capitalism and open the road to socialism!
Revolutionary Workers Group of Zimbabwe (RWG-ZIM)
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