Zimbabwe takes steps to implement new Labour Migration Policy

There has been a growing commitment for making decent work a reality for migrant workers in Zimbabwe. This process is benefiting from technical and financial support from the ILO and International Organization for Migration (IOM).

News | 18 December 2019
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(ILO News, Harare) After the approval of the National Labour Migration Policy by the Government of Zimbabwe, the ILO in collaboration with IOM and the tripartite partners - Ministry of Public Service Labour and Social Welfare; Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions held a consensus building meeting to update the policy and develop an implementation plan.

The tripartite partners in Zimbabwe have been working on reviewing the labour migration policy since 2011.

The aim of the policy is to promote good governance in labour migration; ensure effective regulation of labour migration; empower and protect labour migrants against abuses, malpractice and exploitation; promote the welfare of labour migrants’ families; and ultimately, maximize the benefits of labour migration for development.

Giving opening remarks, Mr Clifford Matorera, Chief Director in the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, speaking on behalf of the Permanent Secretary emphasized the need to finalise the review of the policy in order to protect labour migrants and to promote national development.

The Executive Director of Employers Confederation of Zimbabwe, Mrs Nester Mukwehwa highlighted that the policy presents an opportunity for Zimbabwe to develop relevant and appropriate guidelines on addressing key challenges on labour migration. She reiterated that a collective approach was commendable, as it strengthened tripartism and economic development.

The ZCTU, represented by Mr Michael Kandukutu, expressed hope that the policy will improve labour migration governance. He emphasized the need for the policy to comply with international labour standards.

At the end of the two-day meeting, there was consensus on the proposed policy changes and the development of an implementation plan. The ILO, IOM and tripartite partners will support the launch of the policy in February 2020.

It is expected that if implemented, the newly approved Labour Migration Policy will promote much safer migration and allow migrant workers to contribute to growth and development in their countries of destination, while countries of origin greatly benefit from their remittances and the skills acquired during their migration experience.