ZIMRA, EMCOZ Call For Review Of Labour Act

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) says it supports the review of the Labour Act to ensure that there is a conducive environment for business to thrive and at the same time allow for descent rewards to employees.

The taxman has denounced the current wave of retrenchments following the recent Supreme Court ruling describing the situation as unfortunate.

According to ZIMRA, the extreme reaction by some employers has sent the wrong message on the market.

ZIMRA Commissioner General Gershom Pasi says the authority endorses the realignment of the labour laws to ensure there is balance between the need to create thriving business enterprises and ensuring decent rewards to employees.

“Some of the reactions we have seen to date are extreme and send the wrong message on the market. The labour laws must be balanced in as far as the employer-employee relations are concerned,” said Mr Pasi.

The government has since committed itself to urgently review the labour laws in response to the willy-nilly sacking of workers by employers on the basis of the Supreme Court ruling.

The taxman has launched a publication entitled “Inspirational Harvest”, which is a collection of motivational messages to encourage philanthropic giving and promote integrity among staff within an organisation.

Meanwhile, the Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe (EMCOZ) says it fully supports the call by the government for employers to exercise restraint in terminating workers’ contracts and the proposed realignment of the Labour Act.

The employers representative body has expressed willingness to cooperate with the government to find lasting solutions to the recent unfortunate wave of workers’ contracts terminations.

EMCOZ executive director John Mufukare says the employers accept the appeal by the government and are ready to support the review of the labour market for a win-win situation.

Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions secretary general Kenias Shamuyarira, however, believes government should do more than a mere appeal to employers to exercise restraint, including invoke the Presidential Temporary Powers.

Appearing on ZBC’s current affairs programme, Melting Pot, labour consultant Request Manhibi highlighted that evoking the Presidential Temporary Powers will send a wrong message to the international community and portray Zimbabwe as a lawless nation.

Companies have, however, continued to dismiss employees on the basis of the Supreme Court ruling.