'ZFTU stole my cash'

HARARE - Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions (ZFTU) has been accused of “stealing” money paid to a dismissed worker.

Elias Chigovera, a former employee for Frink Creative Alliance — a local printing firm, claims ZFTU stole part of his $1 300 paid by his former employer as compensation for unfair dismissal.

Chigovera claims that after being sacked by Manzal Fazilahmend, director for Frink Creative Alliance, he approached ZFTU to recover his outstanding salaries.

ZFTU entered into a payment plan with Fazilahmend which saw him making $200 monthly payments.

“They never told me that my former boss has paid them, they stayed with my money for a month. I learnt about the money after I called Fazilahmend,” said Chigovera.

“When I asked ZFTU about my money, they first denied having received any payment from my ex-boss before they started giving me various stories.

“At first they claimed the person who had receipted the money had gone to Mutare before they told me they would only give me half of the total amount because they were going to withhold 35 percent as union fees, a charge they never told me when I engaged them.”

Fazilahmend confirmed paying ZFTU the cash.

“I have a receipt to that effect, I think Chigovera should deal with ZFTU because he instructed them to handle his case,” said Fazilahmend.

According to Chigovera, the labour body withheld 35 percent of $200 on top of $25 which was the agreed service fee.

ZFTU general council member, Francis Mpezani threatened the Daily News when asked about the 35 percent union fees.

“If you want to leave this place right now, ask me about the 35 percent issue,” he charged.

“Right now leave my office you MDC people, why are you interested in this matter? I will deal with you.” - Xolisani Ncube

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