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Title:Labour relations in a developing country: a case study on Zimbabwe
Author:Shadur, Mark A.ISNI
Series:The Making of Modern Africa
City of publisher:Aldershot
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:labour relations
labour law
Abstract:This study, which is based on fieldwork undertaken between 1984 and 1988, examines the practice of labour relations at both national and organizational levels in Zimbabwe since independence, focusing on the period 1980-1988. The study found that Zimbabwe's corporatist labour strategy has had a major impact on national labour relations. While most accounts suggest that the Mugabe government acted on behalf of capital to repress strikes, control trade unions and regulate labour relations to the benefit of employers, the present author argues that the government attempted to benefit workers but its policies also took into account goals for national economic growth. Government labour policy also had an impact on labour relations within organizations. In some enterprises (e.g. Dairy Marketing Board) management policies and practices were radically transformed in a remarkably short period of time. The reform process in other organizations (e.g. Anglo American Corporation) was less rapid; nonetheless, the advent of independence led to major changes in the conduct of labour relations.