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    Vic High loses labour case, workers demand US$95 000


    Eleven Victoria High School non-academic staff whose contracts were unlawfully terminated by the school development association (SDA) and them reinstated by the courts are demanding $95 000 in benefits
    They have also written a letter to the Public Service Commission complaining against the school head, John Muzamani who they accuse of ignoring a court order to reinstate them within 30 days of the court ruling.
    The ruling was passed by Labour Officer Faith Mupangani on March 31, 2016 at Gutu.
    The 11 employees are Tsungai Maphosa (36), Jane Mabudu (38), Tauya Muvamba (53), Loveness  Tivenge (36), Sicilia Makumire (45), Forbes Nota (29), Monalisa Matipa (30), Judith Matinhidze (41), Sanniel Chipangura (34), Musindo Munhande (42) and Christopher Manamike (61).
    The employees were in different departments, including catering, accounts, hostel aid and security.
    The Labour Officer declared that the termination of the 11's contracts was unfair hence the reinstatement.
    "The order should be implemented within 30days. However, if reinstatement is untenable, parties should agree on damages failure of which either party could approach the labour for quantification of the damages" read part of the ruling. 
    The employees have been visiting the school everyday in accordance with the court ruling.
    When contacted for comment, Muzamani said  the legal issues had some implications on them.
    "There are certain legal implications in the ruling which I cannot divulge. You can write what the former employees told you if you want," said Muzamani.
    "We write to your good office to officially register a complaint against Vic High School head Muzamani for his insensitivity to the suffering of employees he dismissed unlawfully," read part of the letter to Public Service.
    The former employees are being represented by Charles Sithole of Zimbabwe Educational Scientific, Social and Cultural Workers Union (ZESSCWU).
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