BULAWAYO, Monday, October 14, 1991 — About 280 Zimbabwe United Passenger Company employees in Bulawayo yesterday received long service and prevention and safe driving awards at Khami Road depot. Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister of Labour, Manpower Planning and Social Welfare, Cde John Nkomo, said that measures must be taken to minimise incidents of work disruption.
Cde Nkomo urged both the ZUPCO workers and management to reflect on the recent nationwide go slow by the company’s drivers during the industrial action and see whether there was a need for the company to organise more worker education programmes so that nobody would flout the law.
Cde Nkomo criticised both workers and their employers for failing to cooperate with the Government in its efforts to replace a predominantly centralised command system with a democratic one.
“We have been calling for the establishment of employment councils because these institutions are governed by consultations that outline the procedure that the parties must observe,” said Cde Nkomo.
“I must express my disappointment that our social partners have shown reluctance in this case hence the unacceptably higher number of employment boards. This can only be described as abdication of a responsibilty by both workers and employers”, he said.
Cde Nkomo said that the two parties should distinguish between conciliation, mediation and arbitration in the hope that this would help them in future. However, he said, the ideal situation was that parties should negotiate an agreement and not to negotiate a disagreement.