HARARE – At least 46 Sino-Zim workers are now jobless after the company retrenched, the Daily News has heard.
Sino-Zim is a joint venture company between the Zimbabwe government and China and has interests in the manufacturing sector, hotel and catering as well as agriculture, among other economic portfolios.
The group is also involved in the mining sector and has been pushed to down size its operations due to viability challenges.
Sino-Zim has retrenched mostly from its security division. The workers were served with retrenchment letters on October 22.
“Please be advised that you have been included on the list of employees who have been nominated for retrenchment,” reads a letter sent to one of the security guards based in Chiredzi.
The letter was signed by one F Ndaudzwa, the group’s human resource manager.
Countless efforts to get a comment from Sino-Zim officials were futile.
But affected workers told the Daily News that negotiations with their ex-employer have failed.
‘We are not agreeing on severance packages, the company wants to pay us one month’s salary for each year served and we are saying give us three months,” said one of the security guards who declined to be named fearing victimisation.
According to documents in our possession, Sino-Zim attempted to offer the security guards employment at Guard Alert so that the company skips paying retrenchment packages.
“Sino Zim Development has outsourced its security function to Guard Alert with effect from October 1 2013,” said a notice to workers.
“In the circumstances, Guard Alert is inviting you, if you are interested to join Guard-Alert as a security guard.”
However, according to one of the workers, the offer by Guard Alert was not convincing and they suspected it to be a ploy by Sino-Zim to skip paying retrenchment packages.