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THE Retrenchment Board in March approved the cutting back of more than 120 employees with some of the applications on hold for various reasons, businessdigest has established.

Sources in the board said they had approved the retrenchment of 84 employees of TN Security, 24 employees of the Industrial Development Corporation subsidiary, Deven Engineering and 19 employees of FML Oils.

The applications of the Chitungwiza City Council looking to shed 968 workers, TN Holdings seeking approval to retrench 349 workers, Zimasco looking to offload 229 workers and Willowvale Mazda’s submission to let go of 101 workers are still pending. Should the applications be approved, it will bring the total to be retrenched to 1755 workers.

Insiders said some of the applications have not yet been approved because of resistance from workers over the issue of packages and failure by the management to give adequate reasons for the retrenchment exercise.

The sources said the retrenchment of Willowvale Mazda workers has been stalled as government was looking at ways of rescuing the troubled car assembling company.This comes over and above the downsizing of 295 employees during the month of February.

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions secretary general Japhet Moyo said there was a need for government to address the alarming loss of jobs.

“These retrenchments are a serious problem and government should take steps to address them,” Moyo said. “If you say the situation in the country is deteriorating you are said to be unpatriotic.”

A July 2013 National Social Security Authority (Nssa) Harare Regional Employer Closures and Registrations Report for the period July 2011 to July 2013 shows 711 companies in Harare alone closed down, rendering 8 336 individuals jobless.

Source : Zimbabwe Independent

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