No national strike in Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe’s umbrella public sector union backed down from a national strike, an official said, citing the volatile situation in the country after this month’s violent protests that were met by a brutal security crackdown.

Wage negotiations between government and the Apex Council, representing 17 public sector unions, broke down on Wednesday. The unions then met to decide a date for a strike and announce it this week but talks ended in disarray.

“Apex feels that it’s not conducive to take action. The situation is volatile and polarised and action we take may be hijacked for issues which have nothing to do with labour,” Cecilia Alexander, Apex Council’s chairwoman told Reuters.