MOZAMBICAN WORKERS WARN POLITICIANS NOT TO IGNORE THEIR CONCERNS

Mozambique’s main trade union federation, the OTM (Mozambican Workers’ Organisation), has warned that workers’ patience over the soaring cost of living has limits, which the country’s politicians should not ignore.

In an end-of-year statement hereThursday, OTM General Secretary Alexandre Munguambe attacked the country’s politicians for plunging the country back into conflict.

In 2016, the political class believed that political and military confrontation was the best strategy for the development of the country and so unleashed politico-military tension, which resulted in the economic paralysis of this country and its development projects,” he OTM accused.

The country and Mozambicans were thus betrayed by this group, and plunged into a crisis, the consequences of which are today carried on the backs of the workers and their families.”

The statement noted that the 2016 budget had to be corrected downwards, and that the lack of confidence in the country by international donors and creditors had led to the suspension of the financial support the country so greatly needs, while foreign direct investment shrank.

The current cost of living, the OTM warned, should not be ignored or perpetuated for much longer by those in political power and their economic managers”.

“So we are warning of the dangers of this situation, and we recall that patience always has its limits, the OTM said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK