Zimbabwe government asks
workers to work for free as
government is broke

SPEAKER of Parliament Advocate
on Friday called on workers to work overtime and
expect not to be paid extra remuneration.
Mudenda said this would steer productivity and
ensure companies remain afloat than for them to
retrench workers because of low production.
He was speaking at the Institute of People
Management of Zimbabwe (IPMZ) convention in
Victoria Falls, where he also advocated for
empathy among workers and directors.
The convention which ended Saturday was being
held under the theme “Igniting human resources
in the changing environs-evolve, transform and
add value” and was attended by human resources
managers and directors from private and public
companies countrywide.
Mudenda told the managers that they should
strive to create an environment that would
compel workers to provide labour for no extra-
“Because of the current challenges industry is
facing, such as limited capacity to offer
competitive salaries matching or above poverty
datum line, as well as late payment of salaries, it
becomes critically important for shop floor
employees, managers and directors to be imbued
with a sense of empathy with a spirit of
togetherness even to the extent of wanting to
work overtime for no extra remuneration in order
to increase and avoid retrenchments,” he said.
Mudenda said dignity of hard work is enshrined in
the Constitution as it is spelt out in the
“I also consider empathy as a critical enabler for
human resources to engender a conducive working
environment as well as provide the required
emotional intelligence resulting in industry
upholding the dignity of hard work,” he said.
“In that regard,” he added, “empathy assumes a
critical dimension in terms of job satisfaction and
economic security for employees and has a direct
bearing on accelerated productivity.”
Mudenda said working overtime would increase
productivity and avoid retrenchments as
companies would then produce enough to pay
their workers the normal salaries and wages.
“The preamble to the Constitution also in part
enjoins us to acknowledge the richness of our
natural resources and celebrate the vibrancy of
our traditions to overcome all challenges and
obstacles that impede our progress and to
cherish, and, also uphold the dignity of work as
we search for new frontiers under a common
destiny,” said Mudenda.He said that dignity of
work will create a corporate family and “any
industrial activity which fails to factor in the
dignity of work is likely to result in an alienated
and demotivated workforce with negative impacts
on productivity.”
Mudenda’s statement is likely to steer animosity
among government workers who are disgruntled
over delay in payment of salaries. A majority of
workers have of late clashed with their pay
masters over unpaid over-time and other
The Speaker of Parliament challenged human
resources to be creative and innovative and also
to embrace Information Communication
Technologies (ICT) to factor in e-commerce and