FORMER employees of Freda Rebecca Mine in Bindura last Friday attached property worth over $150 000 belonging to their former employer to try and recover their unpaid salaries dating back to 2008.
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The workers’ lawyer Kennedy Masiye of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights said the employees were enforcing a Labour Court judgment when they attached 26 vehicles.
The company was given 48 hours to pay the workers or the vehicles would go under the hammer.
“On November 2 2012, former workers at Freda Rebecca Mine attached property worth approximately $150 000 from Freda Rebecca Mine,” Masiye said. “The workers, who were enforcing a Labour Court judgment, attached 26 vehicles; 14 Nissan Corsas, seven Ford Rangers, four Toyota Vigos, one Isuzu and two plant ball mills.”
Masiye also said: “The workers have not been paid their salaries since 2008 and have also not been given their retrenchment packages since the mine was taken over by Mwana Africa.”
Masiye said his clients have been in and out of the courts in Bindura facing various allegations laid against them by the company, including trespassing.
“Twenty former workers, together with their children, were arrested for sowing maize in their fields and maliciously charged with trespassing and being a criminal nuisance,” Masiye said.
“Despite my explanation to the officer–in-charge that the matter was a civil matter, he was adamant that my clients were trespassing and he wanted to teach them a lesson.”