DISGRUNTLED former workers of Dandaro Marketing, the now defunct subsidiary of Kwekwe City Council, have attached council property that is set to go under the hammer on Saturday over a wages and salaries debt.
Kelvin Phiri and 41 other workers won a salaries arbitration ordering council to pay them $48 000 which they registered with the Harare High Court last year.
According to the workers’ lawyer Innocent Hore, council had negotiated an out-of-court payment plan with the workers which it has continued to breach with impunity for the past four months.
“We have attached property owned by the local authority so that we recover a debt of $7 000 which council has promised to pay on numerous times, but breached the agreement,” Hore said.
According to an advert posted by the Deputy Sheriff, the auction will see council lose a Mazda B16 (AAE7470) an imperial deep freezer and 73 empty crates of beer if it fails to settle the debt on time.
Deputy mayor Aaron Sithole was, however, not aware that council property had been attached and would be going under the hammer over the weekend.
“We have not yet been briefed about the latest development concerning Dandaro property which rightly belongs to Kwekwe City Council. I will have to check with management and see if we can save the property,” he said.
In March, council resolved to shut Dandaro Marketing down and transfer 42 workers from the eight beer halls they worked at to other departments in council in a move aimed at improving service delivery and cutting down on debts.
The Deputy Sheriff will also auction property belonging to Blythedale Mining in another labour case. Blythedale is owned by Casper Tsvangirai, young brother to MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who has failed to pay wages and salaries to his 26 workers.
Property going under the hammer will include a Massey Ferguson 1184 tractor, hydraulic powered dumper trailer and earth-moving machinery.