Zimbabwe’s Parliament debating laws to stop job losses

Up to now, an estimated 25,000 Zimbabweans have lost their jobs.

FILE: Parliament is now debating changes to the laws to make it harder for companies to retrench. Picture: WikiCommons.

HARARE - Zimbabwe's Parliament is debating changes to labour laws, which are intended to stop the flood of job losses.

But employers who've downsized their workforces in the past month won't be happy, as the changes proposed apply retrospectively, so they'll likely have to pay redundancy packages.

The Supreme Court ruled last month that Zimbabwe's employers only have to give three months' notice with no redundancy payouts.

Up to now, an estimated 25,000 Zimbabweans have lost their jobs.

Parliament is now debating changes to the laws to make it harder for companies to retrench.

The changes are being backed by both ZANU-PF and the Movement for Democratic Change but employers who've downsized their workforces may find them harder to stomach.

If approved, the requirement to provide redundancy payouts will be applied retrospectively to 17 July, meaning that those employers will now have to pay.