Fidelity vehicles attached in labour dispute

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Fidelity Life Assurance property has been seized by the messenger of court after the company lost its case against former Gweru branch manager, Samson Chishamba, who was unlawfully retrenched five years ago.

Three motor vehicles, a Nissan double cab, Peugeot 406 and Mazda 626 were attached by the messenger of court after a writ of execution against property to recover $19 176 from Fidelity Life Assurance was issued by the registrar of the High Court two weeks ago.

The attachment of Fidelity Life Assurance property came after an arbitral award in the sum of $17 298 for Chishamba was registered as an order of the court by High Court judge, Justice Felistus Chatukuta in November last year.

An amount of $1 878 will cover interest and other costs of the messenger of the court.

According to the court papers, Chishamba who was represented by Arthur Marara, was employed by Fidelity Life Assurance as a branch manager based in Gweru.

He was however, retrenched in June 2006 and he challenged the purported retrenchment with the labour tribunal and won the case.

The tribunal nullified the retrenchment in February 2007 after ruling that Chishamba’s retrenchment exercise did not follow the correct procedure as laid down by Retrenchment Regulations S1 186/2006.

It also ordered Chishamba’s re-instatement from the date of unlawful dismissal without loss of salary and benefits pending the finalisation of the retrenchment exercise in accordance with Retrenchment Regulations.

But, Fidelity Life Assurance failed to abide by the tribunal’s ruling prompting Chishamba to take the matter up with courts resulting in the award being registered by the High Court as an order of the court.