BY CHARLES LAITON
THE High Court has ordered the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) to pay over $340 330 in outstanding salaries and terminal benefits to seven former employees.
The former workers namely, Charity Tambandini, Michael Matanda, Charles Goto, Chakanyuka Marume, Felix Shenjere, Shingai Mutunha and Rejoice Mabika, recently successfully registered their arbitral award as a court order with a view to execute the judgment.
On May 22, 2019 High Court judge Justice Mary Dube ruled in favour of the former workers and granted the order as requested.
“The application for registration of a Labour Court order LC/H/ORD/343/19 be and is hereby granted. The Labour Court order LC/H/ORD/343/19 dated April 3, 2019 issued by honourable Justice (Lilian) Kudya in favour of the applicants be and is hereby registered and an order of this honourable court,” Justice Dube said, adding the ZMDC would pay cost of suit.
In their earlier application for registration of the arbitral award, the former workers accused the ZMDC of failing to pay them their dues despite a judgment issued in their favour by the Labour Court.
“The parties to this matter were engaged in proceedings for the payment of arrear salaries and terminal benefits wherein the Labour Court issued a ruling in favour of the applicants (employees) against the respondent (ZMDC). In terms of the ruling the applicants were awarded total amounts of their arrear salaries and terminal benefits as will more fully appear from
the court order,” the employees said.
They further said the relief they were seeking at the High Court was essentially a procedural one and that being the case, nothing would be achieved by the ZMDC opposing the application as it did not deal with any substantive issues, but rather that it was just a procedural requirement.