Paurina Mpariwa insincere on industry closures

EDITOR — Claims by honourable Paurina Mpariwa, the mainstream MDC shadow minister for Labour, Employment and Security that over 300 workers are being retrenched on a weekly basis from various sectors of the economy are malicious, sensational and alarmist in nature.

As a former Labour minister in the inclusive government, she had the privilege to access the factual statistics which portray the correct picture as opposed to this sensationalism.

Assuming Mpariwa was correct in her assertion, certainly Zimbabwe was going to be closed for any form of business because of the accelerated rate at which workers would be laid off.

If 300 workers are retrenched per week, it means that for the 52 weeks in a year 15 600 workers would be retrenched per year but on the contrary, factual figures held by her former ministry are far divorced from her claims.

According to the figures, 2 048 workers were retrenched in 2008. The following year, 4 101 were retrenched.

In 2010, the number of workers affected was 6 972, whereas 2011 and 2012 figures were 4 432 and 4 100 respectively. Last year, the figure was pegged at 2 206.

These are facts that Mpariwa conveniently underplays while harping on about fictitious statistics from phantom sources.

There is not even one year in the past six years which comes closer to the former Labour minister’s claims.

Mpariwa’s MDC party is responsible for creating this artificial predicament in which the country is submerged.

The party made a pitiless plea to the West to impose economic sanctions on the country to enable them to ascend to power by deposing Zanu PF.

Their Western allies complied and that is when all hell broke loose as the economy was “made to scream” with a view to separating the masses from the revolutionary party.

The grand ripple effect of their strategy was to cripple the functionality of the industrial sector which ultimately impacted on the worker who faced retrenchment.

The irony here is that, upon its formation, the MDC purported to champion the interests of the workers.

Outrageously, their action plans were and continue to be detrimental to the welfare of the workforce.

Since its appearance on the political landscape, the welfare of the worker has never been the same as it has plummeted to unprecedented levels.

Since the imposition of the illegal sanctions regime, industries became distressed that most of them faced declining productivity, recession, liquidation, closure and retrenchments, among a vast array of challenges. That marked the end of glory days for the worker up to this day.

The MDC seems to derive morbid pleasure and strength out of the plight of the workers who cannot see light at the end of the tunnel.

Suitable Kajau

Comments (3)

What a pathetic article at you have produced, Iwe Suitable can l ask you how many companies are ther in Zimbabwe, how many companies pay taxes, let alone how many pay their their workers through the banking system. About 2/5 of these companies if not less do the above mentioned. Now if you had done adequte reseach on your article you should have realised that for a company to retrench it has to get permission to retrench. now those stats you seem to blabler about don not include of those who did not apply bt just went ahead with the retrenchment process. How many retail shops have been closed the past year, how many manufacturing businesses have closed shop, how many farms have gone bust in the last 1 year. A lot of people have lost their jobs some not even getting their dues. if the RBZ could off load over 1500 workers how about the farming and mining companies obviously more were laid off. Dont just narrow your thinking to statistics which have only taken into account reported cases yet it ignores unreported cases so that the impact of job lost is trivialised

Dhudah - 23 January 2014

It clearly shows that the writter of this letter is stupid because he/she is talking of those past figures without taking into account what is happening today.It also shows kuti she is not aware of how much damage was done to the economy right now. Dont just sing for your supper iwe uri murima.Endawo pachiedza sezvaita vamwe

chivadye - 24 January 2014

Suitable Kajau can you define illegal? Those country passed a law in their countries which bars certain people from shopping in their countries. It is a legal law so how do you call it illegal. You may said bad law not illegal. POSA is a bad law but not an illegal law. ZIDERA is a legal act in USA not an illegal act, to whom?

Maita Manyuka - 28 January 2014

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