Decent work, living still a pipe dream in Zimbabwe
The life cycle of the third generation Decent Work Country Programme for Zimbabwe (2012 to 2015) ends this year, with little or no progress made in creating decent jobs for the millions of Zimbabweans, the majority of whom have now been turned into vendors.
It had been envisaged that the country would have made significant steps in reducing poverty through the creation of employment and that the impact of HIV and Aids at the workplace would have been reduced.
All these would have been made possible by upholding and strengthening dialogue among social partners — labour, business and government.
However, instead of creating decent jobs, the government has presided over the closure of many companies due to questionable policies such as the indigenisation law, plunging many Zimbabweans into poverty as they lost their jobs.
This has seen the influx of vendors in the city of Harare, where almost every pavement and open space has been turned into hawking arcades, including in uptown First Street, where desperate vendors sell all sorts of stuff, including roasted maize and chicken offals.