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Experience sharing with farm workers
Rights Association (ZimRights)
November 08, 2011
a community Human Rigths workshop in the community of Chitsuwa farm:
Ward One in Karoi, Mashonaland West Province.
was one in a series of the organisation's efforts to complement
in equipping commercial farm workers with skills to demand the right
to own means of production. The idea is to lobby for an increment
and the general improvement of the socio-economic life of farm workers
are some of the conditions that were noted at the event that was
attended by 200 people:
- Workers at
the farm are treated as slaves, most of the time they spent the
whole day standing and are only getting $45 a month. Most of the
time, the farm workers finish work after 7:00pm. A certain man,
identified as Isaiah Chiroto, who is supervisor at the farm said
that he has worked for over 12 years on this farm but he does
not own any property because of the low wages.
- There are
no toilets at the farm for the workers and they use bush toilets,
raising health issues.
- Early and
child marriages are rife in the area. Unfortunately, farm workers
are unaware of the rights matters related to these early marriages
and their implications on statutory rape, safety issues for the
girl child and the perpetuation of poverty.
advocating for the foundations for democracy, economic development,
sustainable peace, accountability and corporate social responsibility
in the farming sector - foundation that will ultimately lead to
the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights. Employers
are also reminded that Zimbabwe is a free country which has laws,
they must respect human rights.
of the obtaining situation, participants were advised to engage
their local leadership for assistance in this case the councillor,
Mr. Mutandwa who was among the crowd. The councillor himself was
requested to chip in, through, even informal interactions with both
parties so as to rescue the rights of the community which he represents.
ZimRights also appeals to the government to enforce existing labour
related legislations that obliges employers or commercial farmers
in particular to uplift the welfare of employees to a certain defined
standard in line with labour laws.
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