CITIZENS Coalition for Change (CCC) leader Nelson Chamisa has vowed to improve workers’ salaries once he assumes power.
In a tweet, Monday, Chamisa urged workers to vote in the upcoming elections and remove ruling Zanu Pf from government.
Chamisa will go head to head with President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the general elections set between July and August this year.
He wrote: “We believe in the decent work agenda, employment opportunities and sustainable enterprises, labour standards and workers’ rights, inclusive social protection, inclusive social dialogue, collective bargaining, non-discrimination by gender, age or any other form!
“Workers get ready for this change! Workers stand up and participate in the change that you so deserve! #ANewGreat Zimbabwe.
1/2PAY WORKERS DECENT SALARIES..This day, we salute all workers for keeping the economy and nation’s wheels turning and rolling under conditions of decent work deficits. Workers are the wheels of change. Workers deserve a New and Great Zimbabwe free from poverty, corruption and…
— nelson chamisa (@nelsonchamisa) May 1, 2023
The opposition leader urged employers to pay workers fair wages.
“Pay workers decent salaries. This day, we salute all workers for keeping the economy and nation’s wheels turning and rolling under conditions of decent work deficits.
“Workers are the wheels of change. Workers deserve a new and great Zimbabwe free from poverty, corruption and oppression. Saluting all workers this #MayDay,” Chamisa said.
Meanwhile, a majority of workers in Zimbabwe cannot afford basic needs due to poor salaries with the country’s extreme poverty standing at 44%.
According to a World Bank report released in March, Zimbabwe is among top 10 countries with the highest food price rise globally.