City of Harare fires 3 000 workers


The Harare City Council has laid off about 3000 workers on three months’ notice.

CITY of Harare sent thousands of workers packing on Tuesday, in the biggest mass sacking by a single entity since the infamous Supreme Court ruling on July 17 which gave employers the nod to fire workers merely on the basis of a three months notice.
The move by council comes at a time when President Robert Mugabe has recalled the eighth Parliament from its adjournment to urgently deliberate on the proposed amendment to the Labour Act which seeks to balance the leverage between workers and employers.
Council sources said city fathers met on Monday to seal the fate of more than 3 000 workers, bringing to 25 000 the number of workers who have been fired since the ruling.
Last week, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions said 16 700 workers under its affiliate organisations have been shown the door.
Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions put the number of at 19 000.