SLunionisland » Zimbabwe Union Island: International unions in Second Life Mon, 25 Jan 2010 16:04:53 +0000 en hourly 1 Solidarity with Zimbabwe Trade Unionists Tue, 29 Jul 2008 16:38:30 +0000 Lmw Loon Zimbabwe Mosaic

Show your support for Lovemore Matombo and Wellington Chibebe, the President and General Secretary of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU). They were arrested on 8 May for speaking out about the state-sponsored violence in Zimbabwe – or as Robert Mugabe’s government put it “spreading falsehoods prejudicial to the State”.

Lovemore and Wellington are due to appear in court on 30 July, to defend themselves against these charges. The mosaic of Lovemore and Wellington on Union Island is made up from the pictures of over 2,000 trade unionists from around the world, who have come together to make this public demonstration of support for the ZCTU leaders and all unionists in Zimbabwe.

Please take a moment to add your voice to this growing tide of support for these brave trade unionists at

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Second Life for Zimbabwe Sat, 21 Jun 2008 08:20:33 +0000 Johninnit Ni Amidst the growing violence and intimidation in the run-up to the Zimbabwean election, the leaders of Zimbabwe’s union movement, Lovemore Matombo and Wellington Chibebe have been arrested for speaking out about the situation, and are being tried on Monday 23 June.

Unions around the world will be taking actions on Monday, in support of Wellington and Lovemore. Come to Union Island at 3pm GMT (4pm CET, 7am SLT) to meet campaigners and find out what you can do to help. We’ll also be unveiling a giant mural of Lovemore and Wellington in Second Life, made up from 2,000 photos of unionists from around the world.

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SL unionists’ statement on Zimbabwe Thu, 01 May 2008 22:40:31 +0000 Johninnit Ni We had a lot of people come through our bar today, and a hot topic was the situation for our colleagues in Zimbabwe, with people very much wanting to be able to do something positive from our virtual gathering. Lev Winykow from South Africa and Wotcher Tenk discussed a possible statement that all we unionists from so many countries could agree to sign up to, and we put it out to be approved. Here’s the statement. Virtual worlds may be very far from people’s minds in Zimbabwe right now, but they are definitely in the minds of unionists from all over the globe.


WE the unionists participating in this first and historic virtual May Day celebrations are outraged by the developments in Zimbabwe.

On this May Day we express solidarity with our struggling comrades in Zimbabwe; in the trade unions, and the rural areas, the youth and women’s movement religious organisations and all formations of civil society who have for the last decade struggled for democracy in Zimbabwe.

We express solidarity We demand the immediate release of the election results.

We appeal to the Independent Electoral Commission not to intimidated by the the ZANU ruling party or the armed forces in carrying out its responsibility to let DEMOCRACY prevail in Zimbabwe.

We are particularly concerned with the continuing raids on MDC offices and the mass arrests of their supporters.

We call on the Zimbabwean government to immediately and unconditional release the more than three hundred MDC members who have reportedly been arrested.

We further call for the return of the property stolen by the armed forces during these raids.

We express our disappointment in the failure of the South African government and Prsident Mbeki as mediators in its failure to act in accordance with acceptable democratic traditions upheld in South Africa and the world over.

We call on the South African government and President Mbeki to act more decisively in its role as mediator and neighbouring democracy.

We call on all unionists to extend solidarity to the protests planned by COSATU for 17 May 2008.

Pamberi ‘nChimurenga!
Power is Ours.

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