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No work, no pay for strik­ing civil ser­vants

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Wal­ter Nya­mukondiwa

THE Gov­ern­ment has adopted a “No work, No pay” ap­proach against civil ser­vants who par­tic­i­pate in il­le­gal demon­stra­tions and stay­aways.

This means any Gov­ern­ment worker who par­tic­i­pates in some il­le­gal in­dus­trial ac­tion will not be paid for the num­ber of days he or she will be away.

Pub­lic Ser­vice, Labour and So­cial Wel­fare Min­is­ter Prisca Mup­fu­mira is­sued the warn­ing at the han­dover of farm­ing im­ple­ments in­clud­ing trac­tors, ploughs and planters among oth­ers to Port­let Es­tates co­op­er­a­tive in Makonde yes­ter­day.

Min­is­ter Mup­fu­mira said civil ser­vants should not be used by de­trac­tors to desta­bilise the coun­try.

“We ex­pect civil ser­vants to work hard. Be warned that as Gov­ern­ment, we will not be as le­nient with you civil ser­vants as last time when you par­tic­i­pated in an il­le­gal stay­away and did not turn up for work,” she said.

“You are warned that next time it is go­ing to be no-work-no pay for all civil ser­vants who par­tic­i­pate in il­le­gal stay­aways.”

She said labour dis­pute res­o­lu­tion mech­a­nisms needed to be ex­hausted be­fore any in­dus­trial ac­tion could be un­der­taken.

In­dus­trial ac­tion, she said, was ev­ery worker’s right ac­cord­ing to Ar­ti­cle 65, but only when a dead­lock per­sisted af­ter three meet­ings of the Apex Coun­cil and Gov­ern­ment.

Min­is­ter Mup­fu­mira said de­trac­tors bent on desta­bil­is­ing the coun­try might be able to in­flu­ence civil ser­vants to par­tic­i­pate in il­le­gal in­dus­trial ac­tion but they will not be there when the same work­ers face the con­se­quences.

“Do not be mis­led be­cause the peo­ple who in­flu­ence you to par­tic­i­pate in il­le­gal demon­stra­tions and stay­aways will not be there when you and your fam­i­lies have to face the mu­sic alone,” she said.

Gov­ern­ment work­ers, Min­is­ter Mup­fu­mira said, should not be quick to em­bark on in­dus­trial ac­tion over salary de­lays of be­tween a week or two, say­ing some work­ers in the pri­vate sec­tor were go­ing for months with­out be­ing paid.

She said puni­tive sanc­tions by the West had con­strained the fis­cal space but Gov­ern­ment was try­ing its best to en­sure its work­ers were paid.

This, she said, in­cluded bonuses which had since been shelved in the pri­vate sec­tor.

Zim­babwe has seen a wave of an­ar­chy dis­guised as “peace­ful demon­stra­tions” or­ches­trated by op­po­si­tion play­ers, which Gov­ern­ment said were aimed at desta­bil­is­ing the coun­try.

This has prompted Gov­ern­ment to adopt Statu­tory In­stru­ment 101, which pro­hibits any demon­stra­tions in and around the Harare CBD for the next two weeks.

Turn­ing to Com­mand Agri­cul­ture, Min­is­ter Mup­fu­mira said lax mon­i­tor­ing and men­tor­ing pro­grammes for farm­ers should be at­tended to ur­gently for the suc­cess of the pro­gramme.

She said ex­ten­sion and tech­ni­cal ser­vices needed to be scaled up.

“Agri­tex should take a lead­ing role in en­sur­ing that Com­mand Agri­cul­ture is a suc­cess. We have seen over the years that ex­ten­sion ser­vices are not as ro­bust and avail­able as in years gone by,” the Min­is­ter said.

“Ex­ten­sion work­ers should ex­er­cise due dili­gence in se­lect­ing peo­ple to take part in the pro­gramme. To peo­ple who are not into farm­ing, five tonnes per hectare is a small fig­ure but it is more than the na­tional av­er­age by far. This calls for se­ri­ous peo­ple.”

Min­is­ter Mup­fu­mira said the se­lec­tion process should be strictly on merit and Agri­tex needed to en­sure tight su­per­vi­sion of how the in­puts availed by Gov­ern­ment were used.

Agri­tex ex­per­tise, she said, was needed now more than ever as the coun­try took steps to en­sure food se­cu­rity.

“Agri­tex ex­ten­sion work­ers should take stock on why farm­ers are not manag­ing more than one tonne per hectare so that where peo­ple need to be taught they get the ser­vice,” the Min­is­ter said.

Early mo­bil­i­sa­tion of re­sources by Gov­ern­ment be­fore the on­set of the rains and max­i­mum util­i­sa­tion of wa­ter har­vested in dams for ir­ri­ga­tion will guar­an­tee suc­cess, she said.

Port­let Es­tates co­op­er­a­tive has 83 mem­bers and is tar­get­ing 249 hectares for maize pro­duc­tion this sea­son.

Makonde leg­is­la­tor Cde Kind­ness Paradza at­tended the cer­e­mony while Min­is­ter of State for Mashona­land West Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Cde Faber Chi­darikire was rep­re­sented by the di­rec­tor in his of­fice, Mr Jim Kadziya.

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