Saturday, 10 September 2016


KWEKWE Brewery, a subsidiary of Kwekwe City Council, will fire all its workers due to serious financial challenges, as a result of low productivity and sales.

According to Kwekwe Brewery manpower status report dated August 31 presented to councillors by town clerk, Emanuel Musara, 19 workers face the chop, while an additional 40 will have their contracts terminated soon.

Musara, in his report, said the local authority had no legal obligation to continue renewing contracts for the brewery employees, most of who have been with the company for over five years.

“It is, therefore, recommended that their employment contracts be terminated forthwith,” the report reads.The employees, who are owed over $51 000 in outstanding salaries, have, however, vowed to challenge the termination of their contracts saying they were full-time Kwekwe City Council employees.

“We were employed by council and then later transferred to Limsol Trading, a management company, which was contracted by council to manage the brewery for them, yet they want to punish us for the failure to run the brewery,” a worker, who declined to be named, said.

Council said it will be terminating contracts of another 40 employees, whom the local authority is refusing to recognise as full time workers.

The employees, who have been casual workers for more than two years, successfully applied to the National Employment Council for the Food Industry to be declared permanent.
Musara said, while his council was appealing against the ruling, saying the workers should be retrenched.

“Council is advised to lay off these ‘casual’ employees pending the outcome of the case at the Labour Court. Furthermore, it is cheaper to retrench these employees if the appeal at the Labour Court fails,” the report reads. newsday


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