Em­ploy­ers urged to pri­ori­tise safety

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Mashonaland Central & West News - Con­rad Mu­pesa Chin­hoyi Bureau

EM­PLOY­ERS and em­ploy­ees have been urged to en­sure safety and health in the work place to in­crease pro­duc­tiv­ity.

In his speech read by Makonde act­ing Dis­trict Ad­min­is­tra­tor Mr Joseph Manyu­ra­pasi at the be­lated World Day for Safety and Health at Work com­mem­o­ra­tions held in Chin­hoyi re­cently, Min­is­ter of State for Mashona­land West Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Web­ster Shamu said both em­ploy­ers and em­ploy­ees had a role to play in im­prov­ing lives.

This, he said, en­hances pro­duc­tiv­ity at the work­place. The world com­mem­o­rates the day each year on April 28.

“Ev­ery em­ployer and em­ployee should recog­nise that good safety and healthy per­for­mance adds value to em­ploy­ees and busi­ness alike. It also en­hances pro­duc­tiv­ity,” he said.

“The na­tional thrust should there­fore be to in­te­grate safety and health into all eco­nomic ini­tia­tives for this beloved coun­try.”

He said Gov­ern­ment ac­cords high pri­or­ity to oc­cu­pa­tional safety and health.

“This is a cul­ture that re­spects the sanc­tity of hu­man life and re­spect of work­ers’ rights to safe work is a pre­req­ui­site to ful­fil prin­ci­ples en­shrined in the de­cent work agenda,” he said.

Min­is­ter Shamu said Gov­ern­ment was not only mov­ing to cre­ate em­ploy­ment for the youths, but also en­sur­ing their health and safety.

“Im­prov­ing safety and health for young work­ers not only to pro­mote de­cent youth em­ploy­ment, but also to em­ploy these efforts to com­bat haz­ardous en­vi­ron­ments,” he said.

“To­day, we are be­ing chal­lenged to re­flect on the young work­ers in our work places.

“Have we taken a minute go look at this group of work­ers and have you thought of in­ter­ven­ing to pro­tect fu­ture lead­ers of our na­tion?

“To date Gov­ern­ment has rat­i­fied two world con­ven­tions re­lated to child labour, which are also part of this year’s cam­paigns, namely; ‘the min­i­mum age con­ven­tion 138 of 1973’ and ‘the Con­ven­tion 182 on the worst forms of child labour’.”

Gov­ern­ment has also pledged to implement pro­grammes that pro­tect chil­dren while pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to grow.

Min­is­ter Shamu

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