Debate on the Labour Amendment Bill got underway in the National Assembly on Tuesday, with the majority of parliamentarians concurring that fired workers under common law must be compensated.
The Bill was tabled in parliament by the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Prisca Mupfumira.
Buhera South legislator Joseph Chinotimba argued that the sacking of workers under common law started well before 17 July 2015, when the Supreme Court ruled that employers can terminate a worker’s contract on three months’ notice and deny him/her terminal benefits.
He said instead of calling for the compensation of only workers fired on and after 17 July 2015, the bill must also include the compensation of workers fired as early as January 2015.
Some legislators called for the law to compel employers to give those retrenched their money in full at once so that they can start something viable and also suggested that employers continue paying their medical aid for a year or even more.
Some parliamentarians said the worker is a one who is at the centre of the country’s food production and the country’s economic recovery, hence the need for government protection.