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Teachers sue college

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Teachers at Christ Embassy College have taken the institution to court over non-payment of salaries from January to July this year.

The teachers also allege unfair labour practices by the college after the authorities failed to notify them of its closure.

Mebo Karimazondo, college representative, refused to sign a return of service for notification to attend proceedings under the Labour Relations Act Chapter 28:01.

On Wednesday last week Karimazondo failed to attend a hearing at the Labour Court and the matter was postponed to August 20 for arbitration.

The college was established last year by Ruth Musarurwa who appointed Alice Muridzo as the principal deputised by Lovemore Danda.

Teachers were engaged on two-year contracts and lessons for both primary and secondary school commenced at the start of the academic year in January.

However, the teachers allege that from January to July this year they have not been paid their salaries but only received allowances from their employer.

The teachers say they only received allowances for the months of January, February, April and May but they were not paid for March, June and July.

The teachers’ alleged problems started on June 10 when they were asked to surrender all their stationery to Pastor Musarurwa who indicated to them that the school faced closure but did not disclose any reasons.

On June 15, all the staff members were called for a meeting chaired by Musarurwa and present during the meeting were Bernard Mvere, Karimazondo and Sister Netsai.

The teachers said the purpose of the meeting was to chart the way forward and Musarurwa allegedly assured the gathering that the college was not closed and would remain operational.

Musarurwa allegedly told the teachers that the church had officially taken over the running of the college and a new board would be appointed under her chairmanship with Mvere being retained.

The teachers further claimed they were told that a new financial director would be appointed as a matter of urgency to urgently solve their salary problems.

The teachers, however, saidthe college was evicted at the end of June from where it was operating and moved to the church premises.

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