Social dialogue key in national development

By Fungai Jachi

Social dialogue has been cited as key in creating a conducive working environment for teachers to promote sustainable development in the country.

Well-executed social dialogue contributes to sustainable development of any country as it gives an opportunity for the employer and employee to negotiate and come up with solutions to their challenges.

Teachers’ unions have thus been challenged to embrace social dialogue to resolve their challenges.

“It is important to note that dialogue remains the only solution to challenges. It is only through negotiations that a positive outcome can be achieved. We are here today to share with the various unions on what can be achieved by dialogue,” Dr Dennis Sinyolo, Africa Education International director said.

“Research has shown that during the Covid-19 era, social dialogue helped government workers to get cushioning which helped during the pandemic. Also, the introduction of eLearning was through dialogue. So, embracing dialogue will go a long way in dealing with challenges,” noted researcher, Professor Thembinkosi Tshalala.

Zimbabwe Teachers Association chief executive officer, Dr Sifiso Ndlovu emphasised the importance of social dialogue.

“This is a very important workshop because we have to develop a culture of solving problems amicably, whether it’s social or economic or political. Social dialogue is the life and blood between the employee and employer.”

The Second Republic has been engaging public servants as part of efforts to continuously improve their welfare and working conditions.