Enhance workers’ rights, unions urged
Tawanda Mangoma in Chiredzi
The Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs, Cde Ezra Chadzamira, has challenged labour unions to come up with strategies to enhance their members’ rights at the workplace so that they can effectively contribute to national economic development initiatives.
He said it was very important for every stakeholder to play their part in laying the foundation towards the attainment of Government’s Vision 2030. The minister made the remarks during an event held to commemorate Workers Day in Chiredzi last week.
“As we celebrate the Workers Day, I would like to urge employment councils, consumer councils and the National Social Security Authority to stand and promote workers and consumer rights privileges which include wages and salaries reviews,” said Cde Chadzamira.
“Unions must push for members to earn wages which are above the Poverty Datum Line, while fair pricing of high quality goods and services must be guaranteed. Favourable working environments, gender streamlining, protection from sexual and other forms of harassment, labour discrimination and human resources training and development must be prioritised.”
He said there were a lot of issues coming up from labour unions and in some cases members were concerned with accountability and transparency issues.
Minister Chadzamira said workers’ representatives should be truthful, transparent and accountable to their constituencies.
This, he said, would see the workforce enjoying the fruits of true unionism, which priorities workers’ demands.
Former president of the Zimbabwe Sugar Milling Industry Workers’ Union (ZISMIWU) Mr Freedom Madungwe said the prevailing economic environment required robust workers’ unions to take the plight of their members seriously.