Work Hours in Zimbabwe

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What does the term “hours of work” mean?

The term refers to the time during which the persons employed are at the disposal of the employer. It does not include rest periods. The workers can use these for their own purposes such as taking a nap, taking refreshment or personal business.

What are the average hours of work in Zimbabwe?

In Zimbabwe, every Collective Bargain Agreement provides for minimum hours of work. The model Collective Bargaining Agreement recommends a minimum of eight hours per day, subject to the nature of the work, and 40 hours per week. This could be up to a maximum of ten hours a day.

No employee shall be required to work continuously for more than five hours without being given a paid rest period of not less than an aggregate of one hour. Breastfeeding mothers shall be afforded two hours each day for breastfeeding for a period of 12 months, and one hour thereafter for a period of six months.

What legislation exists?

Section 6 (i) (b) creates a fundamental duty on behalf of the employer not to require an employee to work more than the maximum hours permitted by law or by agreement (that is a Collective Bargaining Agreement) made under this Act.

What about rest periods?

Under Section 14 C, employees are entitled to no less than 24 continuous hours of rest each week, either on the same day of every week or another agreed date. Every employee shall be granted leave of absence during every public holiday as gazetted under a notice in terms of the Public Holidays and Prohibition of Business Act, (Chapter 10:21).

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