Response to Questions from Alois Vinga 14 April 2016
NSSA HOUSING SCHEME
- What do you perceive of the Housing Scheme by NSSA?
We are disappointed that NSSA is pitching its service at the level currently servived by commercial Banks and Building Societies. We were looking at NSSA serving those who are covered by Collecting Bargaining Agreements and t this time the average wage there is less than two hundred and fifty United states Dollars per month.
- Do you think the charges are fair and will afford all employees an opportunity to find accommodation?
“Fair” is an emotive word to use. EMCOZ believes NSSA should focus on low-cost accommodation for the ordinary worker not management positions.
Low cost accommodation will result in many more workers being accommodated.
- What do you think needs to be done to cushion accommodation seeking workers?
EMCOZ believes NSSA should build blocks of flats for young workers to rent. As they build capital, they will then be able to approach Building Societies for loans to build their own houses thus freeing the flats for other beginners.
SUSPEND CBA NEGOTIATIONS
- What is EMCOZ’s position on this matter?
Collective bargaining can be a refreshing and therapeutic exercise if it is carried out professionally. One NEC which put its negotiators through a negotiating skills course run by EMCOZ came up with the following outcome:
- The NEC Secretariat prepares a “State of the Sector” paper which is an analysis of the external and internal environment in the sector.
- Once the stake-holders accept the analysis, they must then base their position papers on the information provided.
- Negotiations take place on the “mutual gains” professional approach.
- If there is no agreement the University of Zimbabwe Economics Department will simulate the impact of each party’s proposal and the sector agrees to accept whatever is better for the Sector.
This is why EMCOZ is of the opinion that Collective Bargaining can be a most useful information sharing and mindset changing exercise.
- Are you taking into consideration the fact that there are some productive sectors in the economy which are well performing? (sic)
Yes. All sectors can benefit from professional collective bargaining because you end up negotiating not only increases in remuneration, but, most importantly, increases in competitiveness.
- How will these employees be compensated in the event that the economy recovers because they are ageing and may not be able to gain rewards for their labour?
This question falls away because the worker has not been disadvantaged at any point in his/her working life. (S)he has always been fairly remunerated.
We need to change from the mind-set where the working relationship is adversorial to one where it is collaboratory to the advantage of both parties.
President of EMCOZ