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Government has stopped Hwange Colliery Company Limited from retrenching at least half of its more than 3 200 workers in the second half of the year, Mines and Mining Development Minister Walter Chidhakwa has said. In an interview after meeting the company’s management and employees in Hwange on Wednesday evening, Minister Chidhakwa said the HCCL board should seek other ways of resuscitating the company to avoid the retrenchments.

“On the issue of retrenchment, personally I am not for the idea. After discussions with the employees, retrenchment will be shelved and the board should find other ways of resuscitating the company,” he said.

In June 2012, the company, in which the Government is the majority shareholder, retrenched 304 employees and up to now they are yet to be paid their benefits.

In an update to shareholders this week, HCCL board chairperson Mr Farai Mutamangira had said the company would implement a raft of measures to turn around the fortunes of the beleaguered coal giant.

However, Minister Chidhakwa said even if the company was to lay off some workers as it did in 2012, there was a high probability that the measure would not solve its problems as there were other matters that needed to be addressed such as the issue of debts and liabilities.

Source : The Herald