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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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.

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