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Around the Web – Zimbabwe condemns illegal “labour brokers”

17 December 2012

The government in Zimbabwe has warned firms not to make use of “middlemen” when looking to hire new staff as labour broking or subcontracting remains illegal in the country, All Africa writes.

“Labour broking is mostly prevalent in South Africa and Namibia, but here it's illegal and perpetrators face prosecution,” warned the director of labour administration at the Ministry of Labour and Social Services, Paul Dzvit.

In Zimbabwe the practice of labour broking is illegitimate according to the Labour Act. But companies still make use of subcontractors who mainly send workers into the food industry, including for firms such as Schweppes who recently lost an arbitration hearing.

One of the directors acting as a labour broker defended the practice. “Workers should not complain about our agreement as they are paid well and in time. The minimum wage here is US$317, and they should be grateful,” said Osnath Dube of Weberly Investments.

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