Econet accused of bullying and violating workers rights.
According to the Zim Morning Post, Steward Bank and Econet Wireless do not have workers committees as stipulated by law. Steward Bank is alleged to have victimized all the workers Committee representatives and terminated their contracts using the infamous 3-months notice following a 2015 judgement by the Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku led Supreme Court.
Strive Masiyiwa’s Econet Group has been named as one of the local companies which is abusing workers’ rights in the country. This comes a few days after the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) global index ranked Zimbabwe in the Top 10 Worst Countries In The World For Workers.
The two companies are alleged to have terminated the contracts of the majority of its permanent employees and replaced them with casual labour in an effort to avoid paying terminal benefits.
Zimbabwe Bankers Workers Union (ZIBAWU) member Tirivanhu Marimo told the publication,
The situation is that 85% of Steward bank workers are casual workers with contracts subject to renewal every 6 months or 2 years and this has been done to capitalize profits at the bank and avoid paying terminal benefits to employees,
A worker from Econet Wireless who spoke to the publication said. What kind of company as big as ours that does not give you job security, we all have three or six months contracts which are renewed over and over again and this is frustrating.
Imagine I have been working here for the past two years but I renew my contract every six months, what pains me more is that the day they choose not to renew my contract that’s it, I will leave with no package at all.
…Those that are employed through recruitment agents or commission based employee get even worse treatment. When contacted for comment, Econet group spokesperson Fungai Mandivei said he was not aware of any abuses and promised to look into the matter saying,
I cannot comment about that issue at the moment as I am not aware of such employee conditions, but what I can tell you is that Econet is a law-abiding company which takes the issues of employee rights seriously I will look at the matter and get back to you
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