AVM Africa Ordered To Pay Retrenchment Package to Employees Dismissed On Notice
BY JAMES M MUTASA
A Labour Office has ordered that company AVM Africa (Pvt) Ltd owned by Kenneth Musanhi, the ZANU-PF stalwart and Bindura North Member of Parliament to pay $63252.83 to his former employees who were dismissed on notice in July 2015 following the Zuva judgement.
The 21 former employees who are easily classified as casualties of the Nyamande and Another versus Zuva Petroleum (Pvt) Ltd 2015 had argued before Madziya that Musanhi had flatly neglected to pay them their terminal benefits and outstanding salaries despite terminating their contracts of employment on notice on the 27th of July 2015.
Musanhi through his lawyer Vivian Vhera of Tamuka Moyo Attorneys had disputed that the case had prescribed despite being reported to a Labour Officer well in time in 2016 after it happened in 2015.
'The issue in dispute is none payment of terminal benefits. The claimants were terminated on notice and were not paid outstanding salaries and salaries and retrenchment package,' Madziya wrote.
“The outstanding salaries,' he added, Respondent accepted that he owes the claimants but disputed the figures put forward by the claimants on retrenchment packages and opted for the minimum package of one month salary per two years served and the total amount for all employees was $47251 and outstanding salaries of $16001.00”.
On the other hand claimants are claiming a total amount of $842246.26.
The employees are indeed owed outstanding salaries and the salaries and the quantum will be that of the employer since he is the custodian of the documents.
“This tribunal will award payment of minimum retrenchment of 2 weeks pay per year served. The employees must be paid $16001 as outstanding salaries and $47251.83 as retrenchment package. The ruling to be compiled with, within 30 days of receipt of the same”, Madziya concluded.
The dismissed employees were represented by the National Union of Metal and Allied Industries in Zimbabwe.