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Title:'The Curse of Old Age': Elderly Workers on Zimbabwe's Large Scale Commercial Farms, with Particular Reference to 'Foreign' Farm Labourers up to 2000
Authors:Chadya, Joyce M.
Mayavo, Peter
Periodical:Zambezia (ISSN 0379-0622)
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
migrant workers
work environment
agricultural workers
Labor and Employment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Economics and Trade
Older workers
Old age
Commercial farming
Foreign workers
Agricultural sector
Abstract:This paper focuses on the use and abuse of elderly workers on large-scale commercial farms in Zimbabwe in the 20th century. The paper examines the nature and extent of exploitation and discrimination of elderly workers, particularly their confinement to the so-called 'light' tasks, often equally arduous, however, as the so-called ordinary work. The issue of comfortable retirement is also discussed, as well as the consistent failures of the General Agricultural and Plantation Workers Union of Zimbabwe (GAPWUZ) to protect and promote the farm workers' interests. Furthermore, the paper examines the adverse effects of the government's land reform programme on farm workers who lack ethnic and nationality rights to own land. At retirement, these 'foreigners', although they have worked in Zimbabwe for most of their lives, have little to look forward to because, having no access to land, they cannot return to their original countries either because of lack of savings. Ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]