Zewu’s bid to force ZESA to abide to the arbitral ruling that compelled the parastatal to award workers salary increments got a boost when the chief prosecutor in the Attorney-General’s office Chris Mutangadura said the matter was a genuine cause.
Zewu’s National Organizing Secretary Joseph Charlie and national executive member Dennis Mukote reported the employer to the ZRP Licensing Inspectorate over the reluctance to honour the arbitral ruling.
The matter was referred to the Harare Magistrate Court where the regional prosecutor said because of the huge amount of money involved, it was prudent that the case be taken to the AG’s office.
“Mutangadura said our arbitral award was not registered but we told him that in terms of section 6(1) of the Labour Act, anyone who fails to comply will be guilty of an offence and is liable to a fine not exceeding level seven or imprisonment not exceeding two years or to both such fine and imprisonment.”
Mutangadura then ruled the matter must proceed in terms of the Labour Act. He then referred it back to the Magistrate Court where it will be heard next week.
Garikai Churu represented ZESA management.
Fearing remand in custody, Churu requested that he be represented by ZESA lawyers. He further said he will make an application to refuse remand.