The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Satur­day, Au­gust 10, 1991 — Em­ploy­ers should not re­sort to re­trench­ment as an easy way out of eco­nomic dif­fi­cul­ties but should ex­am­ine other al­ter­na­tives, the Min­is­ter of Labour, Man­power Plan­ning and So­cial Wel­fare, Cde John Nkomo, said yes­ter­day.

“Of con­cern to Gov­ern­ment is the need to pro­mote in­vest­ment, gen­er­ate eco­nomic growth, re­duce in­fla­tion, pro­mote our ex­port po­ten­tial, con­trol in­fla­tion and of course, more im­por­tantly, the need to cre­ate more em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties,’’ Cde Nkomo told man­age­ment and work­ers at a long-ser­vice award cer­e­mony for 120 em­ploy­ees of Dun­lop Zim­babwe Lim­ited in Bu­l­awayo.

Cde Nkomo said Gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to free col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing but this did not mean that it was to­tally left out of the ne­go­ti­a­tions. Gov­ern­ment, he said, had to an­a­lyse and as­cer­tain the im­pli­ca­tions to the coun­try of any agree­ments.

Cde Nkomo told the gath­er­ing that Gov­ern­ment had pro­mul­gated a statu­tory in­stru­ment that pro­vided for the for­mu­la­tion of codes of con­duct in work­places and Gov­ern­ment be­lieved that this would en­hance pro­duc­tion and ef­fi­ciency.

The min­is­ter called on Dun­lop to take mea­sures to re­duce the num­ber of ac­ci­dents at its fac­tory. He said about 31 per­cent of all ac­ci­dents that oc­curred in the chem­i­cal and pe­tro­leum sec­tor last year took place at Dun­lop.

Cde Nkomo said the onus is on man­age­ment to take ur­gent steps to re­dress the sit­u­a­tion be­cause they had the over­all re­spon­si­bil­ity for the safety and health of work­ers.

The re­cent spate of ac­ci­dents, he said, had shown that there was need to en­hance ef­forts in oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety. He urged ev­ery­body to co­op­er­ate to save the coun­try’s hu­man and ma­te­rial re­sources.

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