Work­ers sue Red­cliff Mu­nic­i­pal­ity for $1m

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Michael Magoronga

DIS­GRUN­TLED work­ers of Red­cliff Mu­nic­i­pal­ity are su­ing the lo­cal au­thor­ity for $1 mil­lion for fail­ing to pay them salar­ies since 2012.

The fi­nan­cially ham­strung lo­cal au­thor­ity, it has been gath­ered, is ow­ing the work­ers $1 116 503 in un­paid salary ar­rears for the pe­riod 2012 to 2015. Through their lawyer, Mr Artwell Chi­na­matira of Mavhiringidze and Mashan­yare Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers, the work­ers are de­mand­ing the out­stand­ing salary or the coun­cil risk at­tach­ment of prop­erty. Mr Chi­na­matira said the mat­ter has been taken to High Court.

“We have is­sued the High Court with the ap­pli­ca­tion for reg­is­tra­tion for the award and we are await­ing the re­sponse,” he said.

He also con­firmed the lo­cal au­thor­ity be­ing served with the court ap­pli­ca­tion for the award.

“They have 10 days to re­spond to the ap­pli­ca­tion, fail­ure of which the courts can pro­ceed with the case un­op­posed,” he said.

Court pa­pers seen by this re­porter showed the 83 work­ers, un­der the Zim­babwe Ur­ban Coun­cil Work­ers Union, are su­ing their em­ployer. Mr Chi­na­matira also ac­cused the lo­cal au­thor­ity for ig­nor­ing an ar­bi­tra­tion awarded to them in 2015.

Ar­bi­tra­tor, Mr Basil Maku­ruru awarded an ar­bi­tral award to the coun­cil on 16 De­cem­ber which the lo­cal au­thor­ity failed to meet.

“Be­fore the ar­bi­tral award they failed to pay, and af­ter the award they also failed to pay their work­ers. That alone tells you some­thing about the treat­ment of its work­ers by the em­ployer,” he added.

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