Supreme Judgement On Termination Of Contract Of Employment On Notice

The union notes with great concern, the recent retrogressive judgement by the full bench of the Supreme Court wherein it was held that the employer can lawfully terminate a contract of employment of an employee on notice with the employee going home with no form of compensation whatsoever despite the loyal service rendered.

This is reminiscent to the old Rhodesian style whereby black employees’ contracts could be summarily terminated at the whim of the employer (kuisa chitupa pa window).

That judgement has had devastating effect of reversing all the gains to the worker fraternity in terms of job security especially as protected by section 12B of the Labour Act. Already the judgement is being abused by unscrupulous employers to carry out widespread retrenchments disguised as termination on notice.

The union is therefore not taking this lying down and is consulting with other progressive trade unions and social movements to advocate for the restoration of the workers’ dignity and the decent work agenda which guarantees job security and social justice in line with Section 2A(1) of the Labour Act and Sections 64 and 65 of Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 20) Act 2013.

Members will accordingly be advised of the way forward in due course and meanwhile members’ suggestions and inputs are welcome. Please advise membership accordingly.

United we stand! Divided we fall!

Martin Chikuni

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