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Title:Workers participation in the company decision making process and companies social responsibility
Author:Nyapadi, T.J.
Periodical:The Zimbabwe Law Review
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:workers' participation
labour law
Management, Public Administration
Worker participation
Decision making
Social norms
Abstract:In Zimbabwe's Company Act workers' interests are completely ignored. There is nothing in the Act which requires companies to involve employees in the decisionmaking process. The author argues that industrial democracy would lead to a greater willingness on the part of the employees' unions to accept a share of responsibility for the increased efficiency and prosperity of the country's companies. This article first looks at the EEC, which was a major force behind the movement for industrial democracy, and at industrial democracy in the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Sweden and France. Then it describes the situation in Zimbabwe. Section 23 of the Labour Relations Act of 1985 allows employees to appoint and elect a workers' committee to represent them in matters relating to their employment. However, employees remain excluded from the major decisionmaking process. The only time when the interests of the employees are taken into account is when the directors, who direct and control the affairs of the company and represent it in its dealing with the outside world, act (in the interest of the employees) in their fiduciary duties to their companies. Ref.