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Parliamentary portifolio committee discusses Labour Amendment Bill
August 03, 2005
parliamentary portfolio committee on Public Service, Labour and
Social Welfare met yesterday to discuss the Labour Amendment Bill
which seeks to, among other things, ease working conditions especially
Amending principal sections of the Labour Relations Act would ease
women’s working conditions.
The Bill that was introduced in Parliament two months ago is currently
being scrutinised by the Parliamentary Legal Committee to see whether
its provisions are in conformity with the Constitution of Zimbabwe.
The legislators went through the proposed law’s clauses but most
of them said they would need to study the principal Act for them
to make meaningful contributions when the committee meets again
in two weeks’ time.
If passed into law, the Bill will increase maternity leave for women
from 12 to 14 weeks and allow women in their first year of employment
to go on maternity leave with full benefits. Currently, women who
fall pregnant in their first year of employment go on unpaid maternity
In the Bill, an employer who fires his or her employee when he or
she is at fault would have to pay more damages to the fired employee.
Under the proposed law, all employment organisations would be governed
by the Labour Act except civil servants who are governed by the
Public Service Commission.
The committee is chaired by Zaka West MP Cde Mabel Mawere (Zanu-PF),
while other members are Mr Titus Maluleke (Non-constituent), Chiredzi
South Cde Aaron Baloyi (Zanu-PF), president of chiefs’ council,
Chief Fortune Charumbira, Mkoba MP Mr Amos Chibaya (MDC), Mpopoma
MP Mr Milford Gwetu (MDC), Buhera South MP Cde Kumbirai Kangai (Zanu-PF),
Chivi North MP Cde Enita Maziriri (Zanu-PF), Masvingo Central MP
Mr Tongai Matutu (MDC), Mufakose MP Ms Paurina Mpariwa (MDC), Muzarabani
MP Cde Luke Mushore (Zanu-PF) and Budiriro MP Mr Gilbert Shoko (MDC).
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