Analysts say the re-arrangement of Zimbabwe’s economic dynamics in the land reform and indigenisation era must create a new culture of understanding and dealing with worker’s issues.
Economic analyst, Dr Mthokozisi Nkosi said the emergency of the new economy therefore means that the worker is no longer the one coming from the former huge factories but from farms, mines and the small and medium scale enterprises sector.
Affirmative Action Group (AAG) Mashonaland East President, Mr Munyaradzi Kashambe said more focus should now be not only on mainstreaming the informal sector but also a realisation by workers that there is need for a paradigm shift.
“The worker in the new economy is now self employed. Workers should therefore take a look inward and have expectations tailored on realities of how the economy is currently performing,” he added.
Another proffered prescription says the tripartite negotiating forum comprising labour, business and government must also find ways of including those millions of unrepresented workers.
To most, the visible reality is that labour has not undergone the necessary revolution as fast as the economic dynamics.
In the process, the worker in the informal sector, agriculture, mining and SMEs has paid the price.