Portfolio Committee on Public Service on the Working Conditions at Hwange Colliery Company Ltd, NRZ and Dete Refractories - SC 8-2016

In line with Parliament's role of upholding the Constitution, the Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare conducted an inquiry into working conditions at  Hwange Colliery Company Limited, National Railways ofZimbabwe and Dete Refractories. Section 65 of the Constitution provides for labour rights, which encompasses the right to fair
and satisfactory conditions of work. The inquiry was propelled by outcries of employees from various organizations seeking the Committee's intervention over unfair labour practices
by employers, irregular payment of salaries and the 2015 nationwide job dismissals. The dismissals were a result of the precedence set by a Supreme Court Ruling on the case of Nyamande and others versus Zuva Petroleum Private Limited in July 2015, on the basis of which employers dismissed workers on notice, without any financial packages. Hence, the Committee was obliged to establish the welfare of the country's workforce by visiting the above mentioned companies.

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