JSC union members claim intimidation


© MEMBERS of the newly-formed Judiciary Employees Union of Zimbabwe (JEUZ) have claimed intimidation and victimisation of its members at the Bulawayo Master of the High Court office.
JEUZ, which was formed in September last year in a bid to promote the welfare of judiciary workers, has since written to the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) secretary Walter Chikwanha to register their complaints.
In the letter, the union’s secretary, Percy Mcijo, said the alleged intimidation was a violation of the employees’ rights.
“May I take this opportunity to register to your esteemed office the union’s concerns over reports brought to the attention of my office, with regard to allegations of intimidation and victimisation of members mainly at the Bulawayo Master of the High Court office by management and staff…allegedly because of their membership to the union.
“The said action against union members by JSC management constitutes a serious violation of employees’ fundamental rights conferred to all workers in terms of section (1) (a) of the Labour Act Chapter 28.
“It is clear that the perpetrators … violated workers’ rights… Corrective measures, therefore, need to be taken against the concerned management staff,” Mcijo wrote.
The alleged victimisation is set to take centre stage when union members converge in Gweru on February 29 for the inaugural congress where it would also elect its leadership.
Mcijo told the Daily News that the congress would take the union forward as it advances and promotes the rights of employees in the JSC.
“We will draft the finance, gender, youth and disability policies in compliance with the constitution and international standards.
“We are breaking the trend that has existed in the JSC … of arbitrary decision by the employer, non-negotiable condition of service between the employer and the employee, non-participation in decision-making processes by employees on issues that affect them,” he said.
Mcijo said JEUZ was determined to safeguard the balance of power between the employer and employees and thus expects the JSC to appreciate “the existence of the union that covers the interests of its employees”.
Chikwanha is yet to respond to the concerns of JEUZ

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