Historical Background - ZCTU-GOVT RELATIONS


While in the half of the 1980s ZCTU experienced what were mainly internal problems, by the end of the 1980s, its problems were emanating mainly from outside the labour movement.
To begin with, from 1985, the labour body followed a more independent path, which created some friction with the government. However, the plans threat emerged when the ZCTU opposed plans by the ruling party, the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) to impose a one party state system in the country following its merger with the then main opposition party, the Zimbabwe Africa People’s Union (ZAPU) in 1987.The relationship was further strained following the implementation of Economic Structural Adjustment Programme in 1991.