Role of Workers in Zimbabwe’s elections

The AFL-CIO and Solidarity Center just released a report about the upcoming Zimbabwean parliamentary and presidential elections.  It details the importance of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) in taking on the country’s political establishment and creating political space and advancing workers’ policy interests.  As my colleague Adrienne LeBas argues in her groundbreaking book, From Protest to Parties: Party-building and Democratization in Africa (just released in paperback this month) the labor movement has both protected civil society space and advanced political reform in Zimbabwe.  The Solidarity Center report describes how unions have given voice to workers in the the large informal economy, and the ZCTU and its affiliates have provided critical support for civic education and get-out-the-vote initiatives for the election in particular.

Download a copy of the report, “On the Front Lines of Change” here.

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