The Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions (ZFTU) has urged the government to urgently convene a meeting of the Tripartite Negotiating Forum (TNF) to discuss the rampant increases in prices of basic commodities which has eroded workers’ salaries.
The TNF is a platform for social dialogue that brings together the Government, business and labour to discuss key socio-economic issues and make recommendations.
TNF founding principles and values are contained in the “Declaration of Intent Towards a Social Contract,” which the parties signed in 2001.
In an interview, ZFTU secretary general Kennias Shamuyarira said it was high time TNF met to discuss the issue, which was threatening national security.
The government recently said it is engaging the private sector over the arbitrary escalation of prices which has put basic commodities beyond the reach of many.
There has been a significant increase in the prices of basic commodities such as the staple maize meal, sugar, bread, cooking oil, among others.