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Employers to hold HR indaba

EMPLOYERS’ Confederation of Zimbabwe will hold a Human Resources Indaba in Kariba next week to explore ways of navigating the deepening economic crisis, businessdigest has learnt.

Kudzai Kuwaza

Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Prisca Mupfumira
Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Prisca Mupfumira

The meeting, which runs from Wednesday to Sunday next week, will be held under the theme “Navigating a difficult economic environment through effective leadership”.

“Creation of wealth tends to be regarded as exploitation, resulting in a situation where dividing the cake becomes much more important than growing it thereby resulting in ever decreasing slices for everybody,” Emcoz executive director John Mufukare said. “The first responsibility of HR business partners is to deconstruct this mentality so that people understand the conventional wisdom that wealth can only be created where one produces more value than they consume and that it (wealth) has to be created before it can be distributed, noble as the concept of distribution is.”

The meeting is being held against the backdrop of a worsening economic crisis characterised by a debilitating liquidity crunch, low capacity utilisation of less than 50%, company closures and substantial job losses.

Among the speakers at the indaba will be Schweppes Zimbabwe MD Charles Msipa, Telone MD Chipo Mutasa and Economic Planning permanent secretary Desire Sibanda. Labour minister Prisca Mupfumira will officially open the indaba.

Various issues will be discussed including the contentious amendment of the Labour Act, formulation and implementation of corporate strategy and employee partnership strategies in enhancing productivity and value.

Meanwhile, representatives from business and labour were scheduled to meet yesterday with Labour permanent secretary Ngoni Masoka to prepare the agenda for the next Tripartite Negotiating Forum meeting.

“We are meeting to set the agenda for the next meeting,” an insider told businessdigest. “There is no doubt that the Labour Act amendment will be one of the main issues that will be on the agenda of the meeting.”

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