The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) is a major force of opposition to Mugabe's massive abuse of power in their country. Together with the Congress of South African Trade Unions they have issued this statement about the current political crisis in Zimbabwe. It is gathering widespread support throughout the international Trade Union movement, including our own TUC. Here is a small extract -
"The ZCTU salutes the people of Zimbabwe, especially in the rural areas, for overcoming all the obstacles to prevent them exercising their vote. These included the chaotic state of the voters' roll, restrictions on the media, the cancellation of some political meetings, the denial of access to opposition parties into certain rural areas, village headmen calling people to the polling stations brandishing the voters' roll in order to intimidate them, statements by Generals that they would not salute any opposition party leader, and by President Mugabe that he would not accept defeat".