THE Tendai Biti-led opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Hwange Colliery management and board to resign following their company’s failure to pay its employees for the past 28 months.
BY SILAS NKALA
Staff morale at the coal miner is said to be at an all-time low, amid reports the salary bill had gone up to about $20 million.
PDP Matabeleland North spokesperson Salani Nkomazana said: “As PDP, we call upon the Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL) shareholders to shape up or ship out, the board and management to resign.”
Nkomazana also called on all workers who were members of the Associated Mine Workers’ Union of Zimbabwe (Amwuz) and other unions to resign as he said they had failed to fight for the plight of unpaid workers at the coal mining company.
HCCL faces lawsuits running into millions of dollars after creditors and some former employees dragged it to court for failing to pay them.
Workers’ committee chairman Casper Ndlovu recently accused management of taking workers’ grievances lightly.
“For the past three years, management has promised to pay us our outstanding salaries, but has failed to do so. We’re tired of promises and in as much as there could be some efforts, what we want as workers is for management to pay us what we’ve been toiling for. How they do that isn’t our problem,” Ndlovu said.
However, HCCL managing director Thomas Makore accused the company’s customers of causing the salary delays as they were not paying their dues on time.