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.