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Ex-RBZ workers win fees case

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THE Reserve Bank of  Zimbabwe (RBZ) has been ordered to pay school fees for its retrenched 1 445 employees’ children after the latter approached the Labour Court seeking to compel the central bank to pay the tuition costs.

Report by Feluna Nleya, Staff Reporter

Labour Court President Custom Kachambwa granted the relief sought by the retrenchees on October 3.

“The application for interim relief be and is hereby granted,” read the order.

The employees were demanding that RBZ pays their children’s fees from the balances of their exit packages.

One of the retrenched workers, Webster Ngundu, filed a founding affidavit saying: “This is an application for interim relief on an urgent basis in terms of section 92 e (3) of the Labour Court Act (chapter 28:01) for an order that the respondent deduct from the retrenchment packages and pay out applicants’ children’s school fees in various schools, colleges and universities within three days from the date the order is granted.”

The former RBZ employees were retrenched and received part of their retrenchment packages, but balances have not been settled ever since.
They complained their children were being kicked out of school due to non-payment of fees and blame the RBZ for holding on to their outstanding packages.

The ex-workers claimed that in March this year they approached the RBZ with invoices from schools and requested the central bank to deduct cash from the outstanding retrenchment packages, but the request was not granted.

The former workers said their situation was now a humanitarian issue as their children’s rights to education were now compromised.

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