The Employers Confederation of Zimbabwe (EMCOZ) has slammed threats of harm issued against Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) leaders by suspected State security agents.
Last week, ZCTU president Peter Mutasa and secretary-general Japhet Moyo received letters with bullets in them and warned against planning a job stay away.
Speaking during an interview with NewZimbabwe.com, EMCOZ president, Israel Murefu said:
It is not right to be doing that and if there is anyone intimidating the union leaders, such behaviour must cease because it destroys the spirit of social dialogue.
The nation is about to look up to rebuilding and such acts are condemned in the strongest tone.
Murefu however, urged unions to desist from embarking on industrial action as this does not work. He said:
We don’t believe strikes will work and while they pile pressure on employers it may cause disturbances and after the end of the strike you still need to negotiate
The EMCOZ boss also refuted claims that companies in the private sector have the means to raise employees’ salaries as most of them have declared huge profits in the 2018 financial year. Said Murefu:
There is a need to appreciate the fact that profits are not just meant to churned out towards salaries. Shareholders need to be paid, raw materials need to be prioritised and above all funds must be allocated towards future growth and some reserved for uncertain phases in anticipation that losses may be incurred.
So if we work with the assumption that people must be paid basing on the profit assumption, does it mean that during times of loss, employees should not be paid anything?
There is, therefore, the need to appreciate that business is about balancing broad interests and ensuring viability and sustainability.