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Postponement of Workers, Employers' Meeting Irks ZCTU

Nicholas Goche

The much-anticipated Tripartite Negotiating Forum leaders’ meeting (TNF) principals’ meeting that was scheduled for Monday failed to take off after it was cancelled by the government at the last minute.

Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions president George Nkiwane said labour representatives went to the venue of the meeting but only to be told by the hotel staff that the meeting was cancelled.

Studio 7 failed to get a comment from the government and Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe.

The meeting was expected to bring together Labour Minister, Nicholas Goche, who was to represent the government, EMCOZ and the ZCTU leadership to review the outcome of Thursday and Friday’s TNF meetings.

Last Thursday the three parties met and discussed the alignment of the labour laws and the legalization of the TNF, but they failed to agree on the issue of retrenchment.

This made them to set up a sub-committee that was going to review the differences and were expected to present their findings to the principals Monday.

Nkiwane said the labour movement was not amused because the government was supposed to treat them with dignity and notify them of the postponement on time, rather than them being informed by the hotel employees.

"I believe that they were insincere in that they did not tell us on time about their move," said Nkiwane.

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