Zanu PF, MDC unite to back Labour Amendment Bill

HARARE - Both Zanu PF and opposition MDC MPs say they will support amendments to the Labour Amendment Bill, which have been brought to the national assembly for lawmakers to consider as long as the proposed changes benefit employees.

Following the termination on notice of an estimated 20 000 jobs by several companies in response to a recent Supreme Court ruling, President Robert Mugabe summoned Parliament from recess to amend the Labour Act and remove common law provisions that have been used by employers to unilaterally dismiss employees and letting them go empty-handed.

Zanu PF chief whip Jorum Gumbo told the Daily News yesterday that his party’s legislators would endorse amendments that will give relief to workers.

“As you might be aware, the Bill was gazetted while Parliament had adjourned and MPs are not privy to its contents but we are asking MPs to come and debate. We will not debate on behalf of Zanu PF but the workers in general so we support any amendments that will benefit them. These are matters of national interest so we urge all political parties to debate for workers,” Gumbo said.

Gumbo’s MDC counterpart, Innocent Gonese, also said opposition MPs were sympathetic to the plight of workers and would back amendments that will benefit the working class.

“We will take a collective decision when we caucus as a party but, without pre-empting the deliberations, you know we stand for workers, we are a product of the labour movement which means we naturally sympathise with all employees because they are our concern,” Gonese said.

The draft Bill was published in the Government Gazette last week proposing that all employees fired in the wake of the landmark Supreme Court of Appeal ruling on Zuva Petroleum managers, are entitled to a minimum compensation of two weeks wage for every year they served.

Comments (9)

labour act must build the naion

nyasha - 18 August 2015

MDC have no strategy, about 20-30% people are in employment in Zim, even then not all of them will vote for MDC-T (that is not possible for staters) so they will not win the next general election even if they serve their jobs. If MDC-T wins the general elections, ZANU will cheat. It is this type of chaos that will bring ZANU down - MDC-T must leave it to ZANU to deal with their monster creation. They must leave ZANU to deal with their chaos and not lend them a hand at all. It is this kind of mayhem that will bring down ZANU, not general elections, not the opposition, so MDC-T must stay out of it. The employees they are trying to serve their jobs, will not be paid in any case even if they remain in employment - delaying the inevitable ZANU Pressure Fall (PF). For once MDC-T must not help out ZANU to stay in power. Its the kind of this chaos that will bring ZANU down. But since the leader of the MDC-T is chief CIO, they will support ZANU to stop the mayhem and remain in power as usual. Lafa elihle!

Yimindoda Ndoda - 18 August 2015

VARUME MUSANYEPERWE I LOST EVERYTHING SUPORTING AND CAMPAINING FOR MDC WHEN THEY GET THERE THEY THINK THEY HAVE IT ALL REMEMBER THE DAYS OF MADNESS THEY CALL IT INCLUSIVE GOVERNMENT OUR MPS INCLUDING TSVANGIRAI THEY RUN MAD AND LOOSE FORCUS.BUSY MARRYING EVERYDAY AND ZANU WAS DOING THEIR WORK FUCK MAAN COUNT ME OUT ON YOUR VOTING IAM SICK AND TIED OF MUGABE AND SICK MORE ABOUT TSVANGIRAI THEY ARE THE SAME OHHH BITI WORSE

DHINDINDI - 19 August 2015

For the record, the MDC and ZANU PF have always been united and safeguarded the interests and survival of each other. Had we had any genuine opposition ZANU PF would not be in power today neither would Morgan Tsvangirai be leading MDC? Question is: why is it taking so long for Zimbabweans to realize it? How much longer do we have to suffer like this?

Straight Talk - 19 August 2015

Countrymen being in opposition it doesnt mean being negative or just contradict but it means helping and checking the systems for common good.If ZANU PF and MDC agree on some terms that is fair and fine as they are not on an island but in society with everyone and know what could be good for that determined society in which they also make part.Whether we have opposition or not in Zim it is clear we do have many opposition parties of which i agree they are more than necessary for such a small state like ours.i think our parliament should work out a mechanism to formulate better requirements for the formulation of a political party because some we have today arent worth neither considering political parties nor simple associations because they contribute nothing for the good of the country.i think they should either regroup and join political parties in the mainstream so that we have two strong poltical parties in our country and have a vibrant democracy not the one we have of thuggery

carson macate - 19 August 2015

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