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Gweru reinstates workers

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Gweru City Council has reinstated 37 of the 45 workers it suspended late last year for allegedly inciting their colleagues to go on strike over bonuses.

Deputy mayor Taurai Demo confirmed the development yesterday.

“Council sat for a special council meeting on Monday and resolved that 37 of the suspended workers be reinstated,” he said

However, Demo could not shed light on the fate of the other eight employees dismissed over the same charges.

“We are still to finalise on the issue of the dismissed workers.

“We will only know about their fate after we have concluded the meetings, but we will do it as soon as possible.

“I cannot say whether they will remain fired or not at the moment,” said Demo.

“We are also not happy that the city has gone through this.

“We are aware as council that during suspension there are costs that you cannot avoid.

“However, the residents will not also be happy if we do not discipline the workers.”

The council suspended 45 employees in December, among them five workers’ committee leaders, over allegations of organising an illegal strike to press for payment of outstanding salaries and bonuses.

The council proceeded with hearings in December which spilled over into the first week of January where 39 employees were found not guilty.

The two that were found guilty were given warnings, but a special council meeting held in January resolved to fire eight of the employees three of whom were contract workers.

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