Mugabe slams recent wave of job losses in Zimbabwe

President Robert Mugabe has promised that laws will be amended to protect workers.

FILE: President Robert Mugabe has promised that laws will be amended to protect workers. Picture: AFP

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has slammed the recent wave of job losses in Zimbabwe and says laws will be amended to protect workers.

Up to 20,000 Zimbabweans have lost their jobs since a Supreme Court ruling last month made it much easier for employers to cut their workforces.

President Mugabe appeared to blame the private sector for the job losses though jobs have been shed in state-linked companies like Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara).

He said workers were now "in their thousands on the streets".

He said the terminations were lawful, but he quoted Victorian writer Charles Dickens saying the law was an ass.

The Zimbabwean government has been put in a difficult position over these job losses, which were triggered by a court ruling making it much easier to hire and fire.

The authorities now have to tread a delicate line between encouraging investors and those who want to set up companies and answering to the growing anger of the working public.