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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.

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