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    3 000 workers leave ZISMIWU en-masse, join rival union



    CHIREDZI – There is bad blood between

     and the matter has spilled into the High Court after 3 000 workers left one and joined the other.
    Sugar Production and Milling Workers Union of Zimbabwe (SPMWUZ) general secretary, Adonia Mutero told The Mirror that his organisation recently had to take Zimbabwe Sugar Milling Industry Workers Union (ZISMIWU) to court for refusing to release 3 000 workers who had terminated their membership with the latter and joined the former.
    ZISMIWU is probably the country's biggest union with 17 000 members while  SPMWUZ has over 5 000 members.
    Mutero said that after the termination of membership, ZISMIWU continued to sit on the renunciation letters of the workers while receiving the monthly deductions from Tongaat Hullet who is the employer.
    The matter had to be taken to the High Court where a ruling was made in March 2018 that workers have freedom of association and hence the 3 000 had to be freed to join a union of their choice, said Mutero.
    ZISMIWU secretary general Rt major Faster Gono was not reachable for comment.
     "The matter was solved by the High Court through a judgement of 22 March this year after all parties signed a deed of settlement which says employees have rights of association or to de-associate with unions that are not of their choice," said Mutero.
    The two unions have another case in which they are fighting over the composition of central committees and the matter is before Masvingo Regional Labour officer. Mutero said his union was prepared to take the matter to the Constitutional Court if they don't get reprieve from the Labour Court.
    Central committees are area executives which manage the affairs of workers, liasing with the employer.
     "We also have a case before Masvingo Regional Labour Officer where we are challenging the composition of central committees. Our members are being barred from being members of that committee which is a violation of the Labour Act. We will take the matter to the Constitutional Court if the matter is not solved to our benefit" said Mutero.

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