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Title:An Evaluation of Workers' Real Participation in Decision-Making at Enterprise Level
Author:Mutizwa-Mangiza, N. DorothyISNI
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:workers' participation
Labor and Employment
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Economics, Commerce
Worker participation
Decision making
public enterprises
External link:https://journals.co.za/doi/abs/10.10520/AJA03790622_833
Abstract:In 1980 workers' participation in decisionmaking was introduced in Zimbabwe in line with the government's desire to create a democratic, egalitarian and socialist society. Workers' participation organs, in the form of workers' committees and works councils, were to be established. The intention was that workers' participation would develop into worker self-management. This article analyses the efficacy of workers' participation in decisionmaking at enterprise level through a case study, carried out in 1988, of one parastatal enterprise. The parastatal was formed in 1952 as a State trading corporation, and is today both a business and a development organ of government policy. The article assesses the workers' participation organs' ability to bring about better worker-management communication, increased productivity, effective handling of grievances, industrial peace and industrial democracy. A description of workers' participation in practice shows how powerless Zimbabwean workers really are. Their postindependence gains have resulted from the goodwill and responsiveness of management, directed by the State, rather than from their own influence in enterprise decisionmaking.