THE three social partners, namely government, business and labour, met last week to discuss modalities for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) conference in Geneva, Switzerland, which begins next week and were scheduled to meet again yesterday to discuss substantive issues.
By Kudzai Kuwaza
The 107th session of the ILO conference will be held from Monday next week and will run up to June 8. Labour minister Petronella Kagonye will lead the Zimbabwean delegation.
According to an official in the meeting, the three parties met last week under the auspices of the Tripartite Negotiation Forum to deliberate on the logistics of the meeting. Among those who attended were the director of labour administration in the Ministry of Labour, Clemence Vusani, deputy director of international relations Langton Ngorima as well as officials from the Public Service Commission.
“The meeting discussed logistics and we agreed to meet again to discuss substantive issues on Wednesday(yesterday),” the official told businessdigest this week. “Unlike previous ILO conferences, there is nothing specific on Zimbabwe.”
Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe executive director John Mufukare said the business delegation will attend the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) annual general meeting which will be held a day before the conference begins.
“We will attend the conference and we will adopt the position taken by the IOE,” Mufukare said.
The delegation for business will include Emcoz president Matthew Chimbghandah and Emcoz vice-president Israel Murefu.
The ILO meeting comes at a time when the three social partners are working on the amendment of the Labour Act.
Business has been unhappy with the slow pace of the amendments in the Act.
The current Labour Act has contentious clauses which business say is proving detrimental to their business operations.
Among the contentious clauses is that which obliges employers to compensate those they have fired for misdemeanors.