Friday, 14 December 2012

WORKERS LOCK THEMSELVES IN AT BUSINESSWOMAN OF THE YEAR FIRM

 HARARE - Workers at a sewing factory in Harare’s Msasa industrial area have locked themselves at their workplace, vowing to leave only after their wage demands are met.
When the Daily News visited Michelle Fashions owned by 2010 Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce Business Woman of the year Leah Dauramanzi late on Tuesday, workers showed no sign of preparing to go home.
“We will continue to work but will not leave this place. Our bosses have been paying us in fits and starts for the past three years now.
“What do I do with $2? Today it is actually better because we have been given $20,” said an irate worker brandishing the notes.
Dauramanzi was unavailable for comment while her husband Davis refused to shed light on the dispute.
“It is not a public matter and I hope you will understand if we are not willing to say much. We are looking at resolving the issue and will not resort to debating in the media. It is a sign of weakness,” Davis said.
The workers alleged that police at Rhodesville have been used to intimidate them while a retired police officer identified as Mwashita is allegedly politicising the issue.
“He is coming here and talking Zanu PF politics. He urges us to be patriotic and all that kind of nonsense. We do not eat patriotism, it is the festive season and what can one do with these peanuts. We are not monkeys,” another worker charged.
Workers committee chairperson Abios Rundare told the Daily News that despite winning their court case against their employer, workers are yet to receive their salaries since November.
“The Labour Court ruled that we should be given our money. There is also the issue that the company has not been remitting our pensions to the insurance company (name supplied) and our social security contributions to Nssa.
“That is not in dispute because we understand now that the company has since paid a lump-sum to Nssa for the first time in 15 years,” Rundare said.
“Our investigations following resignations and deaths of employees show that there is nothing in the form of pensions and this also came to light when we wanted to move to another insurance company. That is when we realised that there is nothing,” he said.
Harare police spokesperson Tadious Chibanda confirmed the job action and that there had been a misunderstanding with police details.
“It is true that workers at that factory are staging a sit-in and as police we have a mandate to make sure peace prevails. The workers tried to stop the managing director from leaving the premises. That is when police intervened to defuse the situation,” he said.
“The workers were not happy with the police intervention but this has since been addressed,” Chibanda said.

6 comments:

and how was she voted ''businesswoman'' of the year?

Gvt shld put in policies to make sure that every registerded company pays its employees pensions,if policies are already there then enforce then vakomana kwete kungora mumaoffice menyu shouting mdc,zanu this and that.Shuwa after 15 yrs where have they been all along.
Pay pple there monies due vaonewo kutreaterwo mhuri dzavo this festive season wo shuwa.

The textile industry has been bleeding for years....from the time of Cone Textiles and David Whitehead. We cannot compete against cheap Chinese imports...simple. Govt either has to protect the industry or let it go under....no two ways

How could she have been given the award when she has been found guilty of worker abuse? Even at the time one would think the evaluation would include worker satisfaction survey and this issue has been allegedly ongoing for the last 3 years. Dauramanzi and Mwashita -strong ZANU PF connected names and that is what accounts for the continued rot and the suffering of the Zimbabwean worker. Muchangonzwa vamwe vachiimba zvaanaSmith to draw parallels and in defence of these piranhas, a whole generation after independence. Zvishiri zveZANU PF (and I mean both from the idiomatic sense and also the evil goblins) izvi zvinovaka matendere azvo neminhenga yedzimwe shiri.

That's good news for Saviour Kasukuwere, pamberi nebleck empowerment. True sons of Zanu pf and its senseless leaders.

but kana zvadaro ka let the people off...pane kuvachengeta musingavapi mari zve nhai.

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