FINANCIALLY-TROUBLED Shurugwi Town Council is set to fork out $101 441,22 in retrenchment packages to 46 workers laid off on three months’ notice last year.
BY Stephen Chadenga
The packages were agreed by both parties after the matter was referred for conciliation on December 31, last year. The workers had roped in the Ministry of Labour following a standoff.
The workers were dismissed in August last year with council evoking the July 17, 2015, Supreme Court ruling allowing employers to terminate workers’ contracts on three months’ notice.
According to a certificate of settlement shown to Southern Eye under case number 863/15, the 46 workers, led by Mada Nelson, sealed the deal with Shurugwi Town Council on Tuesday and agreed the money will be paid, depending on grades, between February and June this year.
“The parties agreed that the complainants will be paid a total amount of $101 441,22 which will be paid in grades,” part of the settlement certificate read.
“Band A, grade 1-8 will be paid $22 665,39 on February 26, 2016, Band B, grade 4A will be paid $27 136‚76 on March 31, Band C, grade 4B will be paid $27 136,76 and Band D, grade 11-14 will be paid $24 512,32 on June 17.”