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Chitungwiza Workers Say Minister's Strike Order Defective

Chitungwiza municipal workers returned to work Monday after an ultimatum issued Friday by Labour minister Nicholas Goche that gave the workers 24 hours to stop the industrial action pending a determination of the dispute by the labour court.

But Chitungwiza workers spokesman Reverend Ephraim Katsina said they have found out that the purported show cause order was defective as it was not signed by the minister as is required by the labour laws.

Reverend Katsina said the letter also did not have a date and was sent through the post instead of being delivered to their address.

Chitungwiza mayor Philip Mutoti confirmed to Studio 7 that the workers were back at work while his council is trying to raise the over $11 million dollars it owes them.

Studio 7 failed to reach minister Goche for a comment.

But Reverend Katsina said workers are not going back on strike while negotiating with council since there were reports of intimidation and political interference.

"We have also instructed our lawyers to write to the council notifying it that we need our money by the end of this month," Reverend Katsina added.

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