The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Fri­day, Novem­ber 4, 1991 — Or­gan­ised in­dus­try in Bu­l­awayo — and through­out Rhode­sia — finds it­self with­out a joint pol­icy on whether to work or rest on Novem­ber 11. The day has been de­clared a bank hol­i­day, but has not been de­clared an in­dus­trial hol­i­day. In­dus­tri­al­ists in Bu­l­awayo say there has been no lead from ARnI or from the Min­istry of Labour.

The ab­sence of an of­fi­cial lead to in­dus­try has re­sulted in each Bu­l­awayo fac­tory mak­ing its own de­ci­sion. Some are un­able to carry the cost of both clos­ing and pay­ing work­ers. These work­ing within the terms of spe­cial agree­ments for their par­tic­u­lar in­dus­tries, have held a bal­lot of work­ers on whether they (the work­ers) want Novem­ber 11 as an un­paid hol­i­day.

A vote of 75 per­cent is nec­es­sary be­fore a fac­tory can close and treat the day as an un­paid hol­i­day. I gather that at some fac­to­ries in the en­gi­neer­ing sec­tor, work­ers failed to poll a 75 per­cent vote, and at these fac­to­ries Novem­ber 11 will be a work­ing hol­i­day. Work­ers who stay away will be treated as ab­sen­tees.

At other fac­to­ries in this sec­tor, the de­ci­sion has been left to the work­ers. Man­age­ments will “wait and see” how many turn up to work. The work­ers have per­mis­sion to take the day off, but will not be paid. Some fac­to­ries have ex­port dead­lines and wish to treat the day as a full work­ing day. They are still uncer­tain what they will do about it.

An in­quiry showed that in­dus­tri­al­ists feel it should have been patent to ARnI and the Min­istry that con­fu­sion would arise un­less there was a di­rec­tive “from the top”.

I gather those who feel it un­de­sir­able to close are hop­ing that this will not be in­ter­preted as non­co­op­er­a­tion with the na­tional mood of prayer for thanksgiving.

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