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More Companies Join EMCOZ in Challenging Amended Zimbabwe Labour Law

Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions ZCTU

Employers Confederation of Zimbabwe (EMCOZ) director John Mufukare says the number of companies joining them in challenging the recently amended Labour Act in the High Court is rising.

EMCOZ recently approached the High Court challenging the constitutionality of some sections of the Labour Amendment Law, which it says infringe the rights of employers.

“We are quite happy with most of the other provisions in the act, but we think it is not fair that those employers who waited for a Supreme Court ruling on dismissals in notice should be the ones who are victimized,” said Mufukare.

Although Mufukare could not reveal the number of companies making this move, Studio 7 estabished that at least 10 are taking the matter to court.

He said after approaching the High Court, they were advised to include in their class action all companies or employers also challenging the labour law.

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The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions says more than 25,000 workers have lost their jobs ever since the July Supreme Court ruling, which gave employers permission to fire workers without compensating them.

The new labour law does not permit such action.