With Gweru City Council using $890,000 for salaries from the $1,2 million revenue generated each month, the local authority last Friday reportedly sent termination of employment letters to 100 employees.
According to a weekly provincial independent newspaper, The Sun, it was not clear whether the affected employees would serve the two weeks’ notice at work or from home.
Townhouse sources told the paper that the majority of those fired were contract workers who were seconded from the predominantly MDC-T run suspended councillors’ wards.
Of the contract workers, drawn from the Housing, Engineering and Health departments, 20 were lucky to stay after Acting Housing Director Unity Jaji successfully applied that they be spared since her department was ‘heavily understaffed’.
It was yet to be seen whether the Tsunga Mhangami-led commission and management would fire Frank Muzorera, the outspoken Secretary General for ‘Boko Haram’, as the workers committee is known.
Muzorera is a contract worker seconded to the Roads Department.
When asked, Workers Committee Spokesperson Cornilia Selipiwe said “we agreed with commissioners and management that we were going to consult each other if such a decision was to arise, but up to now they never informed us of such a move.”
He added” if council is now going on our backs to fire workers on two weeks’ notice, then we will see what action to take when we get there”.