13 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Chitungwiza Hearing Set for Friday

Twenty-six Chitungwiza Municipality workers who have been suspended for engaging in an illegal industrial action will appear before a disciplinary committee on Friday. More than 700 other workers face

a similar fate after being served with letters to explain their whereabouts during the strike. The pending disciplinary hearings follow a Labour Court ruling on November 30, which declared the collective job action illegal after issuance of a show cause order by the Ministry of Labour and Social Services.

Labour Court senior president Ms Gladys Mhuri sitting with presidents Ms Euna Makamure and Eurica Ndewere ruled that the strike was illegal as it did not comply with provisions of Section 104 of the Labour Act.

Chitungwiza was also allowed -- in its discretion - to take disciplinary action in terms of its Code of Conduct, lay off or suspend with or without pay, specified employees. This also includes categories of employees engaged in the unlawful job action.

The workers' representative Mr Jacob Dhanda of the Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions yesterday said that they had engaged law firm Wise Owl to represent the workers. "The lawyers are also going to represent us in our application seeking leave to apply to the Supreme Court against the Labour Court judgment," said Mr Dhanda.

He accused the council of being selective in the suspensions and issuing of letters demanding explanations from workers.

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