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500 Lose Jobs After Supreme Court Ruling Okaying Firing of Workers

FILE: Zimbabwean workers demonstrate against the high cost of living and low wages in Harare, Saturday, April, 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

More than 500 workers have been fired in Zimbabwe since last Friday following a Supreme Court ruling that companies can terminate employees’ contracts without offering benefits.

According to media reports and the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, companies that have terminated workers’ contracts include Croco Motors, Pelhams, and TN Harlequin Nesteward Bank, which have given the affected workers a month’s notice to cut ties with them as per the court ruling.

There was no immediate reaction from these companies.

ZCTU president, George Nkiwane, told Studio 7 they held a meeting Tuesday with government officials in an effort to address the crisis.

But Busisa Moyo, president of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries, said the figure of workers who have lost their jobs is being exaggerated.

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Constitutional law expert, Lovemore Madhuku, who represented Zuva Petroleum workers in the Supreme Court case, told Studio 7 that they will appeal against the Supreme Court ruling at the Constitutional Court.

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