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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 28, 1991 — The Gov­ern­ment was yes­ter­day called upon to em­bark on a self-sus­tain­ing eco­nomic re­cov­ery pro­gramme through hu­man skills de­vel­op­ment projects to ad­dress the nega­tive im­pact of the struc­tural ad­just­ment pro­gramme.

The call was made by the pres­i­dent of the Zim­babwe Congress of Trade Unions, Cde Gib­son Sibanda when he of­fi­ci­ated at the open­ing of the labour move­ment’s re­gional of­fice in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day.

He said if the high rate of un­em­ploy­ment and so­cial de­pri­va­tion were re­garded as the ac­cept­able or nec­es­sary price for the ad­just­ment and eco­nomic tran­si­tion, there was a real danger that the whole ad­just­ment strat­egy would lead to au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism, adding that the chal­lenge lay in en­sur­ing that the ad­just­ment process was so­cially and po­lit­i­cally ac­cept­able and just.

He said that the un­fold­ing world events, es­pe­cially changes in Eastern and Cen­tral Europe had caught up with Africa which meant that this was bound to lead to a more wide­spread re­spect for the fun­da­men­tal hu­man rights and trade union rights as a re­sult of the dis­ap­pear­ance of discredited dic­ta­tor­ships.

‘’There­fore in that spirit of change I would like to call upon the Gov­ern­ment to com­mit it­self in the spirit and pol­icy of tri­par­titism in its en­deav­our to ad­dress the nega­tive im­pact of struc­tural ad­just­ment poli­cies and pro­grammes,’’ said Cde Sibanda.

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