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    Rival unions fight at Tongaat as May Day celebrations collapse




    MORRIS BISHI
    CHIREDZI BUREAU

    CHIREDZI –
    Rival unions at the country's biggest sugar producing company, Tongaat Hulett had serious squabbles on May Day resulting in the collapse of celebrations that were supposed to take place at Gibbo Stadium.
    There are allegations that the Deputy Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Tapiwa Matangaidze failed to address workers at the stadium because the Zimbabwe Sugar Milling Industry Workers Union (ZISMIWU) intimidated and pushed workers out of the venue.
    The celebrations at Gibbo were organised by a splinter union, the Sugar Production and Milling Industry Workers Union (SPMWUZ).
    SPMWUZ was formed to end the monopoly of ZISMIWU.
    ZISMIWU is led by Freedom Madungwe and Army Captain Faster Gono is said to be influential in its activities.
    Efforts to get a comment from Captain Gono were fruitless.
     "ZISMIWU used to enjoy monopoly as workers were forced to join them during the time of getting employment.
    "SPMWUZ was formed by disgruntled workers and our membership stands at 7500 and what happened on Sunday was quite sad.
    "Thousands of our members were barred from attending May Day celebrations at Gibbo stadium after they were intimidated by the leadership of ZISMIWU led by Madungwe and Captain Gono.
    "They don't have the agenda of the working class. They closed the gates to the stadium while the Deputy Minister Matangaidze was supposed to address the workers," said Mutero.
    ZISMIWU president Freedom Madungwe said he was not in Triangle on Sunday and said there was no need for his union to block workers.
    He accused SPMWUZ for working with the employers to cause confusion in the sugar industry.local news
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