Parly invites bitter immigration staffers

THE Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Labour and Social Welfare has invited disgruntled employees in the Department of Immigration, who raised concerns over unfair labour practices, to present their case to the committee on March 5.

BY GARIKAI TUNHIRA

Clerk of Parliament, Kennedy Chokuda, in a letter to Immigration Department staff representative Nkosana Mtunzi, said the workers will meet the committee on March 5 at Parliament Building.

“The purpose of the meeting is for you to further explain the issues raised in your letter. You further requested to bring documentary evidence to support your presentation,” Chokuda wrote in a letter dated February 14.

In December, the immigration staffers requested a meeting with Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu to raise their concerns over alleged unfair treatment by their bosses.

They claimed they were being treated like slaves, adding that Home Affairs permanent secretary, Melusi Matshiya had blocked their meeting with Mpofu.

The staffers claimed rampant victimisation, favouritism and nepotism, selective application of transfer policy, sexual harassment as well as unfair and unclear promotion procedures.

Recently, an immigration staffer, who complained against one of her seniors over sexual harassment in 2010, was reportedly sacked.

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