Zimbabwe to cushion retrenchees

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ZTN Reporter

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa says his Government is crafting laws to protect citizens affected by retrenchments and natural disasters.

Opening the Third Session of the Ninth Parliament of Zimbabwe, President Mnangagwa said, “Consultations in the Tripartite Negotiating Forum are progressing well with regards to the establishment of an Unemployment Benefit Fund. The Fund will cover workers in case of retrenchment, or natural disasters which cause work stoppages.”

He said authorities would update the labour market database.

“Related to this, I have directed the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to set up a robust Labour Market Information System, to facilitate the provision of timeous, reliable labour market information and associated policies.”

The Zimbabwe leader disclosed a plan to review administration of non-governmental organisations and private voluntary organisations.

“The conduct of some Non-Governmental-Organisations and Private Voluntary Organisations who operate outside their mandates and out of sync with the Government’s humanitarian priority programmes, remain a cause for concern. This august House will therefore consider the Private Voluntary Organisations Amendment Bill to revamp the administration of NGOs and PVOs and correct the current anomalies.”

He also said: “The Second Session of the Ninth Parliament of Zimbabwe had 25 Bills on its Legislative Agenda, and an additional 15 other Bills which were not on the initial Agenda. As at 22 September, 2020, a total of 10 of these Bills were passed by Parliament.”