Minister to revive TNF

LABOUR minister Prisca Mupfumira has assured employers that the Tripartite Negotiation Forum (TNF) will recommence soon to tackle various bottlenecks affecting the country’s economy, businessdigest has learnt.

Kudzai Kuwaza

The TNF is a social dialogue platform that brings together government, business and labour to negotiate key socio-economic matters. It has been in existence since 1998 as a voluntary and unlegislated chamber in which socio-economic matters are discussed and negotiated over by the partners.

The last TNF meeting was held in August last year, being the first such meeting since 2009.

Mupfumira met representatives of the Employers Confederation of Zimbabwe (Emcoz) who included senior vice-president Joe Kawhema and executive director John Mufukare on Monday in a familiarisation meeting.

Mupfumira was appointed Labour minister last month, replacing Nicholas Goche who was fired by President Robert Mugabe.

“It was a very positive meeting in which the minister told employers that her two main objectives at the moment are working on the legislation of the TNF and labour law reforms and getting it done as soon as possible,” sources said.

The sources said Mupfumira told employers that the principles of labour reform which have been approved by cabinet were now at the Justice ministry where the principles are being drafted into a bill.

Mupfumira also told employers that the economy is underperforming and it was “not business as usual”, emphasising the need for government, business and labour to work together to overcome the formidable obstacles facing the economy. Mupfumira also held a meeting with labour representatives last week.

Mufukare confirmed to businessdigest that they held a meeting with the minister on Monday, but would not divulge details.