Government working speedily on labour reforms — Bimha

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Government is expeditiously working on reforming the country’s labour laws which business has criticised as inflexible.

Staff Writer

Launching the 2014 Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries manufacturing sector survey on Wednesday, Industry and Commerce minister Mike Bimha said government was involved in labour law reforms.

“I am glad to advise that we are also looking at the issue of labour legislation reform with great speed,” Bimha said. “And I would like to assure you that as we go into this coming year, we should be seeing more achieved in that regard.”

He added that government was currently looking into submissions made by business organisations on the issue of labour reforms.

Bimha said he had been mandated by the government to come up with a comprehensive analysis on the state of industry in Zimbabwe.

The report, Bimha said, touched on all sectors of industry in terms of capacity utilisation and the specific challenges each sub-sector is facing.

He said he had presented the report to cabinet with a number of recommendations.

“The majority of the recommendations that were put forward were taken on board by cabinet,” Bimha said.

He added that the recommendations that had not been adopted by cabinet would be discussed with captains of industry to ensure that they will eventually be adopted after discussion.

Bimha said the recommendations coming from government to business would not be made public until the parties sit down to discuss them.

He said that two advisory committees had been set up. One committee, he said, focused on imports and the other which focused on the ease and costs of doing business in Zimbabwe.

Bimha said the two committees officially handed their reports to him on Monday adding that he will soon present the two reports to cabinet.

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