ZC summoned over retrenchments

HARARE - Disgruntled former Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) employees have taken the association to the Labour Relations Arbitrator for alleged unlawful termination of contracts.

The debt laden cricket mother body served its employees nationwide with 30-day notices as part of its efforts to cut down on costs.

The employees, the majority of which have been with the association for 10 years and above, however have sought legal recourse to try and recoup packages commensurate with the time ‘well-spent’ with ZC.

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 identified as GT Parakokwa, the matter is set to be heard at 9.am on May 29 at Makombe Complex.

“If as a party you fail to attend the hearing at the time and place notified the hearing may proceed without you to the possible detriment of your interest,” the letter said.

In one of the contract termination letters seen by the Daily News, written by Mash Eagles CEO Vimbai Mapukute, ZC decline to pay the workers a severance packages.

“According to Zimbabwe Cricket, our mother body, your contract of employment should cease on the 30th of April 2014 with 2 (two) months’ notice, this is in keeping with your employment contract which expired on the 30th of September 2013 and their assertion to you in a meeting that was held on the 27th of March 2014 at Harare Sports Club,” the letter read.

“I have written to management at ZC to ask them to consider offering you some form of gratuity or retrenchment package since you had given the organisation several years of continuous service before your contract expired but my request has been dismissed entirely.

“I cannot guarantee your continued employment with Mashonaland Eagles after the 30th of April as our paymaster and funder Zimbabwe Cricket has now directed that all employment contracts be ceased on the 30th of April 2014.

“You will appreciate that Mashonaland Eagles is a franchise of Zimbabwe Cricket and all decisions about our existence are decided by Zimbabwe Cricket.

“I have made it clear to Zimbabwe Cricket that while I am in full support of the strategy to rationalise, I will not back a process that fails to consider the plight of employees affected. I am therefore referring you to Zimbabwe Cricket so that you can possibly negotiate with them to consider your plight.”

These cost-cutting measures by ZC come at a time when the association has rejected to accept a bailout package from the International Cricket Council.

Comments (2)

Va Chingoka, zviri pachena kuti mauraya ZC, why not just leave the stage? Have yu no other skills to survive on?

Don Wezhira - 6 May 2014

Ve mitemo sungai vanhu ava matsotsi, chavo kuba mari dze cricket kuti vashandise mari yakanga iripo ye cricket ivo ahewa kuba chete kusvikira mari pasisina saizvozvi vopihwa mari ne icc voramba kuti cricket yedu iyenderere mberi chavanoda kurambira pazvigaro nekuti vanotya mhosva dzekuba mari kwavakaita kwavachiri kuita ve labour sungai mbavha idzi mhani peter and wilfred hamugone ku runner zvinhu izvi ipayi vanogona vaite imi muchitevera kumashure bedzi kana kuita zvekurima tuzvibage kutumapurazi twamuinatwo zve bhora re kirikiti siyayi mhani

Mubandit - 7 May 2014

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