The following is reprinted from our comrades of the Revolutionary Workers Group of Zimbabwe (RWG-ZIM):
ZESA WORKERS PROTEST: FOR AN ALL OUT STRIKE!
SOLIDARITY WITH ZESA WORKERS!
On the 9th of February 2018 workers from the parastatal sole energy entity, the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA), staged a lunch time protest at the company’s offices in Harare demanding the payment of their outstanding salaries dating back to as far as 2012.It is commendable that the two unions representing workers in the sector, ZEWU and NEWUZ, are united in leading the workers. Workers are also demanding an end to corruption that has plagued the company leading to the failure to pay workers in blatant disregard to a 2012 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).The Revolutionary Workers Group of Zimbabwe (RWG-Z) supports the call to action but urge the workers and unions to embark on an all-out and indefinite strike action that alone can conquer their demands. That’s the only action that the bosses and the state understand. Further, we call for solidarity action from workers and poor masses. We call for:
-An all-out strike and solidarity action to defeat the bosses of ZESA!
-Payment of all outstanding wages and timely payment of wages!
-A living Wage! Workers fight for a living wage and better working conditions through mass action controlled by ordinary workers!
-Nationalisation of ZESA and all companies without indemnification to the big shareholders under workers control!
-A sliding scale of wages and prices and employment for all who can work; working conditions should improve for all workers!
-Organise the unorganised! Form unions of the unemployed as fully affiliated unions!
-Workers take back your unions!
-Militant workers to form class struggle caucuses in the unions to fight for this program!
-The introduction of state projects to employ all the unemployed; the government must stop the attack on the vendors!
-Land to be distributed to all poor peasants together with a state bank to provide inputs to all small farmers!
-Workers to form strike 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!
-Workers to form workers defence guards for defence against state violence!
-A workers state that defends workers, peasants and the poor masses against the local and foreign capitalists!
-An African socialist revolution as part of the international revolution that alone can guarantee a better life for all!
-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 (Zimbabwe section of the LCC)
11 February 2018