ZVISHAVANE – Zvishavane Town Council Human Resources Manager Rangarirayi Chimombe has described his boss’ action to suspend workers’ committee leadership two weeks ago as unlawful.
Chimombe said the move by Mungororo Mazai to suspend Pilot Mhuka, Ekem Sibanda and Trust Ncube who are workers committee chairperson, vice chair and vice secretary respectively is victimisation of workers and should not have happened, according to Section 93 of the Labour Act.
Chimombe said this in an opinion to his boss dated July 2, 2021
He recommended that the suspension of the three workers be lifted in accordance with the law or there would be successful litigation against council. The three workers are still on suspension.
“ln response to that correspondence, I wish to advise that having gone through the proceedings in terms of Section 93 of the Labour Act before the labour officer who then instructed us to convene a meeting over the salary issue on the 29th of June 2021, we still need to comply with that. However, the meeting was not convened because the employer went on to suspend selected members of the workers’ committee who are part of the proceedings. That conduct on the part of the employer is not proper since as it is tantamount to victimisation of employees…,” said Chimombe’s internal memo.
Mhuka, Sibanda and Ncube were suspended after they demanded salary increments agreed upon between management and workers in January 2021.
Mazai was directed by the labour office to convene a meeting with the workers’ committee on June 29 but he went on to suspend the three leaders on June 27, 2021.
“Making reference to your instruction it will be in conflict with section 124 of the Labour Act and would result in the organisation facing litigation due to unfair labour practice being committed by the employer. I therefore recommend that we complete the proceedings before the labour officer before commencing any other action internally. If need be the suspension done to the employees be lifted until finalisation of the matter by the Labour Officer,” read the HR’s memo. https://masvingomirror.com