The Situation of Commercial Farm Workers after Land Reform in Zimbabwe



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Per cent

Farm workers who have received a severance package

233

22.8%

Farm workers who have not received a severance package

728

74.5%

Source: Field interviews, October-November 2002

The implication of receiving a severance package is that workers lose their permanent status thereafter if they continue working on the same farm. The long-term effect of Statutory Instrument 6 will be to deter the hiring of permanent labour. In most instances, the new farmers are employing few permanent workers. In sum, the agricultural work force has become much less stable and secure than before land reform.







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