Government says it is committed to implementing various international conventions and protocols that promote the rights of the labor force as evidenced by its complying with labor laws and conventions which are critical in harmonizing the regulations to ensue uniformity in the world.
Vice President John Nkomo said this in Harare while officially launching the International Labor Organization Technical Assistance Package for Zimbabwe. He said the government has a strong commitment to comply with labor regulations and the Kadoma declaration which was launched by Head of State and Government and Commander- in- Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe early this year.
This is clear evidence that there is political will in promoting dialogue among the social partners which are business, labor and government.
â€œAs the government, we launched the Kadoma declaration which is important as it becomes the basis for dialogue between the three social partners,â€ said Cde John Nkomo.
Prime MinisterÂ Morgan Tsvangirayi expressed governmentâ€™s disappointment at the institutionalized looting in local authorities and parastatals saying this kind of a scenario and huge salary discrepancies cause labor disparities and are inflation hatching activities.
â€œThe current situation in which local authorities are looting public resources is unacceptableâ€, said Mr.Tsvangirayi.
Representatives from the International Labor Organization say the technical assistance is to support the government of Zimbabwe and social partners in implementing the 2009 recommendations of the 2009 Commission of inquiry on the application of the freedom of association and protection of the right to organize conventions.
The recommendations by the commission of inquiry include the observance of international labor standards, reform labor laws, and the implementation of the national employment policy.
During the launch the delegates took time to pay tribute to the late Mr Gibson Sibanda who was a strong trade unionist.
The launch was also attended by Deputy Prime minster Professor Author Mutambara, several cabinet ministers and members of the diplomatic community.