The president of the Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB), Michael Sommer, was speaking to journalists at the end of a four-day visit to Zimbabwe over the weekend. During his visit Sommer met with trade union leaders, workers and also with Prime Minister
“I’m deeply concerned that the situation has shown significant deterioration over the past few weeks,” Sommer said.
Sommer’s comments come after the entire leadership of the General Agriculture and Plantation Workers’ Union of Zimbabwe (GAPWUZ) went underground last month amid concerns for their safety. The union had faced increased threats and harassment by officials from the Joint Operations Command (JOC), and a number of police raids on the union’s offices in Harare. The raids have been in response to the release of a shock report and documentary last year, exposing the violent abuse of workers on farms seized by the