Shamiso Makiwa Herald Reporter
Chegutu Municipality is seeking permission to borrow $900 000 to pay retrenchment packages for workers fired on three months notice following the July Supreme Court ruling.
The ruling stated that at common law, employers and employees were equal and both parties had the right to terminate contracts on three months. The municipality town clerk, Mr Alex Mandigo, made the application in terms of section 290 (3) of the Urban Councils Act (Cap.29:15).
“Notice is hereby given in terms of section 290 (3) of the Urban Councils Act (Cap.29:15) that Chegutu Municipality has resolved to apply to the Honourable Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing for the granting of borrowing powers to the tune of $900 000 to cater for retrenchment expenses,” reads part of the application.
The money would be used to cater for retrenchment expenses. In the application, Mr Mandigo said details of the proposals could be inspected at his office during normal working hours from Monday to Friday.
“Any objection must be lodged with the town clerk in writing within 21 days from the date of the last two publications of the notice.”
The City of Harare recently applied for borrowing powers seeking $30 million to buy additional refuse trucks and equipment for road maintenance.