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FFZ workers forced to sign to go on short time

by Concerned worker
08 Mar 2017 at 15:27hrs | Views
Dear editor

I would like to publish this as a concerned worker of Fence and Frame Zimbabwe, formerly Radar Metal Industries.

It all began in August 2015 when Radar Metal directors said that they cannot continue running the company. And they want to give it to workers.
We as workers were shocked to here this, cause the company was doing well, they did this to get rid of hundreds of permanent workers as they were now importing finished products (doorframes, fence, windorframes) from South Africa.

Our strong workers committee challenged them, and we refused the company citing that they give us our packages.

To our surprise within 24hrs of refusal, we were told production manager Mr J Tshuma and Mr L Dube are now our new directors.

We knew it was a deal by former white directors for Tshuma and Dube to retrench permanent workers.
After two days of takeover they retrenched entire workers committee.

They said working conditions won't change, but now we are working and haven't received our January salaries.

They now want to force us to go on short time as they are claiming they can't get raw material from south africa cause of bond notes.
We have seen that they were being used by former directors as they want to come back, since govt stopped importing of finished products, hence they now not have business.

They are now forcing us to sign for short time, as they tell us if we sign we will get paid all our money.

Sorry for a long letter I am a concerned worker since i've worked for this company for 20 years and now i am leave with nothing as they are paying our pension money to the pension funds.

Pliz help by publishing anonymously

Your earliest publication will be favourable

Thank you


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