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Vol 41 No 19

Published 29th September 2000


Zimbabwe

Union is strength

A dilemma for the trades union's new party: to represent the electors or the workers?

The Movement for Democratic Change, offspring of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, amazed everybody by winning 57 of the 120 seats contested at the parliamentary elections in June (AC Vol 41 Nos 14 & 15). Now the union federation must choose whether to have its own policies or become an appendage of the political movement which it helped to create. At the same time, the ZCTU's leaders must choose to be either national politicians or workers' advocates. All this will be fought out at the union congress due in late October.

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