President Mnangagwa salutes Zimbabwean workers

by | May 1, 2021 | Local News, Politics | 0 comments

Hosia Mviringi

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has hailed the Zimbabwean workers for their resilience and progressive contribution to the building of the country since the attainment of independence in 1980.

In his Workers’ Day commemoration speech at State House today, President Mnangagwa said this year’s commemorations come at a time when the whole world is grappling under the burden of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I want to salute and commend you the workers and your families for your resolve, dedication, determination, and commitment to duty and country, during these unprecedented Covid-19 times. Your sacrifice and continued endurance have kept the wheels of the Zimbabwean economy turning,” said President Mnangagwa.

The President reiterated his government’s commitment to continue in its endeavor to serve and save the lives of its workers, their families and the greater population of Zimbabwe from the current threat of Covid-19 and any other existential threats to the nation through a sustained rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination program.

President Mnangagwa thanked the workers for their continued dedication which has seen the country’s National Development Strategy 1 blueprint progress smoothly while setting the economy on a sustained growth trajectory.

“We owe this remarkable growth to the dedicated hard and honest work of all our workers across sectors.
I applaud all workers for growing and delivering food onto our tables, mining the minerals, increasing our exports to bring in the much needed foreign currency and producing a wide array of goods and services for the sustainable socio-economic development of our country,” continued the President.

President Mnangagwa emphasised the need for continued engagement and dialogue between tworkers and their employers as a way to confront challenges and differences.

He challenged workers to ditch the path of confrontation which in many times leads to destructive and disruptive industrial actions.
He said that this was in line with the Second Republic’s culture of dialogue and deepening the practice of participatory democracy as well as good governance at the workplace.

“To this end, I also challenge employers and businesses to pursue more robust ways of addressing the welfare of workers.
As we industrialise and modernise the economy, workers must be treated fairly, while multi-skilling must be prioritised to meet new realities and demands in the world of work,” he continued.

The President has implored worker workers to desist from and shun and expose all corrupt activities both in the workplace and in life in general.

Workers must continue to uphold principles and values of integrity and hard honest work, to grow every facet of the economy.

The government of President Mnangagwa has continued to be responsible for the plight of workers and has continued to do everything to address their concerns.

Hard honest work will result in increased profitability in industry and commerce, thus increasing the capacity for companies and government to pay better wages.

It, therefore, is pertinent that the workers remain patient and diligent as our economy creeps out of the negative growth zone into profitability.

“In the spirit of working together, my government remains committed to putting in place an enabling environment which protects the worker, provides decent work and improves standards of living while allowing businesses to thrive.

In line with the Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, government, employers and workers alike, will continue to invest in occupational safety and health at the workplace,” said President Mnangagwa.