ZIMBABWE Cricket (ZC) is headed for a showdown with former employees after they took the association to the labour relations arbitrator for alleged unlawful termination of contracts.
ZC reportedly served its employees around the country with 30-day notices as part of a restructuring exercise to cut down on costs in an attempt to climb out of debt.
The matter was reported before the legal counsel on April 28, two days before the expiry of the 30-day notice.
In a letter addressed to ZC yesterday by an arbitrator GT Parakokwa, the matter is set to be heard on May 29 at Makombe Complex.
The local cricket body’s managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa, however, said it was normal procedure for aggrieved former employees to approach labour.
“What will happen is that if anybody is aggrieved obviously they will go to labour. If it becomes a legal matter then it will be treated as such.
“Let me clarify that it’s not a retrenchment exercise as such. We have restructured and people had contracts and those contracts were terminated. You will appreciate that this is a sensitive matter and I don’t think it helps for us to comment on the matter when there’s no basis to do so,” said Mukondiwa.
ZC, whose debts are estimated to be around $18 million, recently turned down a proposed bail-out from the International Cricket Council (ICC).
The world cricketing mother body was reportedly willing to provide ZC with a conditional loan of up to $16 million, including an immediate $10,8 million to write off amounts owed to two banks, in return it sought an agreement from ZC to restructure, trim down its organisation and operate under an administrator.
It is believed an introduction of an ICC-appointed and backed administrator is thought to have been the major reason for ZC’s reluctance and ultimate refusal to agree to the deal.