Auto Tyres Ex-employees Demand Salaries & Exit Packages
Auto Tyres Zimbabwe (ATZ) company, formerly Dunlop Zimbabwe, is at loggerheads with 150 former workers who are demanding unpaid wages and exit packages.
The workers were retrenched between 2015 and 2018 and are owed US$518 000 in salaries and exit packages.
A workers’ representative who spoke to Newsday on condition of anonymity had this to say:
Those who were retrenched in 2015 obtained a court order compelling the company to pay them their dues, but to date, nothing has happened.
We, who were retrenched in 2018, took the matter to the retrenchment board, where it was ruled that those of us owed $2 000 should be paid within three months, while those owed above US$2 000 should be paid within 18 months.
The company’s judicial manager, Shepherd Chimutanda, confirmed that the ex-employees are owed substantial amounts of money, but the money is now in RTGS dollars. He said:
Their dues are now pegged in RTGS$ rather than US$ due to changes in the recent February 2019 monetary policy.
Chimutanda said that a South African investor, NUVO Rubber Company has expressed interest in reviving the company.
He added that there are ongoing talks with NSSA [National Social Security Authority] concerning their renewed interest in investing in ATZ.