The government has called for a Tripartite Negotiation Forum (TNF) with its partners for this Monday, 14 January 2019.
The Forum was last convened more than a year ago. The TNF brings together the government, business and labour representatives. The objective of the Forum is to deliberate on economic issues and pursue a mutual agreement that does not hurt any of the parties’ interests.
ZCTU secretary general, Japhet Moyo confirmed that his organisation has been invited for the Forum. Said Moyo;
Yes, we received the invitation and we are preparing our submissions to the forum on behalf of the country’s workers. Like we have said before, we lack serious partnership especially on the part of the government.
The Ministry of Labour seems not influential in the cabinet or within the power dynamics of the ruling elite. Most of our engagements are talk shows with no bearing in broader policy direction within the ruling elite.
The good example is the Kadoma Declaration that was launched by then-President RG Mugabe. We still have the same country risk factors hindering investment.
Unilateralism is another big challenge and this is going to be worsened by the current philosophy being pursued by Finance Minister, Mthuli Ncube who believes that he is supersonic with answers to everything and does not see the value of social dialogue or talking about a social contract.