Friday, February 26, 2010

(HERALD) Setback for Harare workers

Setback for Harare workers
Court Reporter

Harare municipality workers’ bid to stop the implementation of a joint venture between their employer and a local company over the management of par-kades and parking lots hit a snag on Monday after the High Court dismissed their urgent chamber application.

The workers are up in arms with their employer for entering into an agreement with Easipark (Private) Limited and filed an application for an interdict arguing that the deal would render them jobless.

Justice Felistus Chatukuta ruled that the application was not urgent and the matter should be dealt with under the Labour Act.

In their failed application, the workers had argued that last year council signed an agreement with Easipark to take over control of municipal parking lots without consulting employees who man the premises.

They wanted an order compelling council to retain all employees in the parkades section in their positions.

In addition to this, the workers sought an order for Easipark to cease all operations at car parks and remove all its employees already seconded there.

They argued that the joint venture meant Easipark staff would take over their jobs and some council supervisors had since lost their offices.

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