AAG con­cerned over bal­loon­ing le­gal fees

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Business News - Richard Muponde Sun­day News Correspondent

THE Af­fir­ma­tive Ac­tion Group Mata­bele­land Chap­ter has ex­pressed con­cern over the losses that the Gov­ern­ment and quasi Gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions were in­cur­ring in le­gal fees as a re­sult of nu­mer­ous cases of work­ers who were be­ing sacked and re­in­stated by the courts.

A num­ber of work­ers have been sacked mostly from paras­tatals only to be re­in­stated by the courts with­out loss of ben­e­fits and salaries. In most rul­ings, the com­pa­nies are also or­dered to pay the le­gal fees. AAG Mata­bele­land pres­i­dent Mr Reg­gie Shoko said the con­tin­ued trend was show­ing that those who were head­ing the paras­tatals were not learn­ing from pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ences.

“The Gov­ern­ment is then or­dered to pay these peo­ple by the courts. We want Gov­ern­ment to look into such sce­nar­ios as they lead to eco­nomic melt­down. These man­agers need to be re­spon­si­ble for their ac­tions and we as AAG we are say­ing all such losses must be in­curred by those man­agers in their per­sonal ca­pac­ity rather than bur­den­ing the Gov­ern­ment,” he said.

He said some com­pa­nies that have re­peat­edly lost cases against their work­ers in­clude the De­part­ment of Im­mi­gra­tion, Zim­babwe Rev­enue Au­thor­ity, Zinwa and Zi­nara.

“We then tend to won­der why they don’t re­sort to a lesser em­ploy­ment dis­ci­plinary mea­sures than go­ing for the worst which will bite back in the fu­ture. Per­ma­nent Sec­re­taries and man­agers must ex­er­cise due dili­gence when ex­er­cis­ing their du­ties in line with the eco­nomic re­cov­ery. You will no­tice that an of­fence com­mit­ted might be of triv­ial na­ture but the bud­get to in­ves­ti­gate might be a thou­sand per­cent higher. In such a sce­nario you won­der who has robbed the Gov­ern­ment,” he said.

There are many judge­ments since 2012 in which paras­tatals have been or­dered by the courts to re­in­state fired work­ers and also pay their le­gal costs.

Mr Reg­gie Shoko

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