INEZ Mine owned by Mines deputy minister Freddy Moyo was shut down two weeks ago after some of his workers attached and auctioned immovable property to recover outstanding salaries and wages.
The National Mine Workers Union of Zimbabwe (NMWUZ) told our sister paper NewsDay that 147 workers at the mine had stopped reporting for work following the attachment and sale of most mine assets.
“Our members are now not reporting for duty after a section of workers owed money by INEZ Mine won a High Court order and caused the attachment of movable property which has already been auctioned,” NMWUZ president Tinashe Mugwira said.
The remaining 147 workers, who are represented by NMWUZ, have also won an arbitration award of $190 000 against INEZ Mine and are in the process of registering the award with the High Court.
NMWUZ said it had no option but to go after Moyo’s mine to recover the outstanding salary and wages.
“We are also going the same route because the company is still in existence and our members want to recover the money which they worked for,” NMWUZ secretary-general William Seremani said.
Moyo said he could not immediately comment on the matter as he was out of the country.
“I am in South Africa at the moment and cannot speak about that,” he said.