Trade Union Struggles for Autonomy and Democracy in Zimbabwe



The labor movement in Zimbabwe has maintained a precarious existence for several decades. The target of succeeding governments, political factions, employers, and economic policies, trade unions have faced these challenges armed with weak organizational structures and often a lack of unity. Before independence in 1980 this was especially the case. After 1980, new obstacles were put in the way of the labor movement by the post-colonial state. In independent Zimbabwe’s second decade, neoliberal policies provided a range of new challenges for labor organizations and their allies in civil society. Recently, the emergence of populist authoritarian government in the midst of political-economic crisis and creeping globalization has erected new obstacles for the labor movement and redistributive politics.


Civil Society Minimum Wage Trade Union Labor Relation Industrial Relation 
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