BULAWAYO, Tuesday, October 29, 1991 — The Midlands provincial Governor, Cde Herbert Mahlaba, has called on the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions to establish its own companies so that it will absorb some of the workers who will be retrenched during the implementation of the economic structural adjustment programme.
Cde Mahlaba, who was speaking at the opening of the ZCTU regional offices in Gweru at the weekend, said the ZCTU could only help alleviate the suffering of workers during the economic reforms by employing some of those retrenched.
It was, therefore, important for the ZCTU to establish its own companies, he said.
Cde Mahlaba called on the international labour movements to assist the ZCTU financially so that it could establish the companies.
‘’The ZCTU should set up management structures which will then efficiently run these companies so that they are able to compete with others,’’ said Cde Mahlaba.
He said it was time more worker-owned companies were established by worker representatives to reduce unemployment which, he said, was expected to worsen during the initial stages of the reforms.