FORTY Zimplastics employees have approached the High Court in Harare seeking an order compelling their employer to pay them salary arrears estimated at over $100 000.
Report by Charles Laiton
The employees made an application seeking to have an arbitral award, which according to the court papers, was awarded by consent of the firm and the workers, to be registered as a court order. At law once an arbitral award is registered as a court order, the applicant would be empowered to enforce and execute it either by way of attaching respondents’ property.
According to the court papers filed on March 6 this year, an arbitrator, Duncan Mudzengi, granted the employees an award to be paid their outstanding salaries from February to December 2012 in the sum of $102 127,35.
The money was supposed to be paid within 14 days of the award and the judgment was by consent of both parties.
One of the employees, Simon Bumhira, said in his affidavit: “It is my intention to enforce the award in view of the fact that the respondent is in default of honouring and complying with the award.
“It is on this basis that the applicants have filed this application to register the arbitral award with this honourable court.”
The matter is yet to be heard by High Court judge Justice Mary Zimba-Dube.