We had a lot of people come through our bar today, and a hot topic was the situation for our colleagues in Zimbabwe, with people very much wanting to be able to do something positive from our virtual gathering. Lev Winykow from South Africa and Wotcher Tenk discussed a possible statement that all we unionists from so many countries could agree to sign up to, and we put it out to be approved. Here’s the statement. Virtual worlds may be very far from people’s minds in Zimbabwe right now, but they are definitely in the minds of unionists from all over the globe.
UNION ISLAND MAY DAY STATEMENT ON ZIMBAWE
WE the unionists participating in this first and historic virtual May Day celebrations are outraged by the developments in Zimbabwe.
On this May Day we express solidarity with our struggling comrades in Zimbabwe; in the trade unions, and the rural areas, the youth and women’s movement religious organisations and all formations of civil society who have for the last decade struggled for democracy in Zimbabwe.
We express solidarity We demand the immediate release of the election results.
We appeal to the Independent Electoral Commission not to intimidated by the the ZANU ruling party or the armed forces in carrying out its responsibility to let DEMOCRACY prevail in Zimbabwe.
We are particularly concerned with the continuing raids on MDC offices and the mass arrests of their supporters.
We call on the Zimbabwean government to immediately and unconditional release the more than three hundred MDC members who have reportedly been arrested.
We further call for the return of the property stolen by the armed forces during these raids.
We express our disappointment in the failure of the South African government and Prsident Mbeki as mediators in its failure to act in accordance with acceptable democratic traditions upheld in South Africa and the world over.
We call on the South African government and President Mbeki to act more decisively in its role as mediator and neighbouring democracy.
We call on all unionists to extend solidarity to the protests planned by COSATU for 17 May 2008.
Power is Ours.
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