Labour laws to undergo further amendments

via Labour laws to undergo further amendments – NewsDay Zimbabwe September 17, 2015

THE labour law will undergo further amendments during the Third Session of the Eighth Parliament, President Robert Mugabe has said.


According to the correct speech he was supposed to read during the official opening of the Third Session of the Eighth Parliament on Tuesday, Mugabe said the Labour Amendment Bill was hastily crafted and signed into law last month.

He said there were concerns of social partners, namely employers, trade unions and government, which were not taken aboard.

“Mr Speaker, the Supreme Court ruling on the common law position regarding the termination of employment contracts triggered job losses.
Regrettably, the compelling need to move with speed on the matter found the social partners rather unprepared,” Mugabe’s speech read.

“This resulted in some of their proposed amendments not being factored in at the time the Labour Amendment Bill was tabled in Parliament. Government, nonetheless, remains committed to take on board the social partners’ concerns for further amendment of the Labour Act.”

Before the Labour Amendment Act was signed into law, almost 30 000 people had lost their jobs after a Supreme Court ruling that said employers can fire their workers by merely giving them three months’ notices.

Mugabe then recalled Parliament to amend the labour law, and it resulted in new clauses being included that stipulated that employers were mandated to pay two weeks’ salary for every year served.

As soon as the labour law was amended and assented to by Mugabe, workers’ and employer organisations said there were many loopholes that needed to be plugged through further amendments.

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions said the provision of two weeks’ salary for every year served was unacceptable, adding that Section (3) of the Act allowed employers to apply for exemption to pay the minimum retrenchment package if they could not afford it.

The amendment in Section (3) of the Labour Amendment Act stipulated that an employer can apply for exemption to the Retrenchment Board, and if there is no response within 14 days, then the application is deemed successful.


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    R Judd 5 years ago

    As long as it is cheaper to close a company than to shed excess employees companies will be closed. This is not a difficult concept to grasp.

    As long as it is difficult to fire employees they will not be employed in the first place. In case this too difficult to understand it means that so long as the government protects the lazy, the dishonest, the uninterested and the incompetent there will be no meaningful creation of new jobs.

    Those who moan and prognosticate about social equity, justice and fairness do not create jobs so their opinions can only be negative for job creation

    Like it or not employers opinions have to catered to or everybody else suffers.

    Unions do not create jobs, ever. They do, however, freqenty destroy them

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    grabmore 5 years ago

    The speech he was supposed to read. …

    I love it

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    Unions do not create jobs, ever. They do, however, frequently destroy them.!!! YOU are been TOO kind to the unions They are parasites.Feeding off the ignorance of the worker!!!

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      Gosho 5 years ago