Court orders newspaper to pay workers

The Labour Court has ordered The Mail management to pay workers their salaries until finalisation of the matter in court in a case in which workers are demanding their salaries following the paper’s temporary closure.

Justice Euna Makamure presided over the case and handed down the judgment.

But lawyers representing The Mail management failed to turn up for the court hearing while the newspaper’s director, Hensley Chamboko reportedly holed himself at the company’s offices, 50 meters away from the Labour Court in the city.

“The respondent be and is hereby ordered to pay all the applicants their salaries every month pending the finalisation of this matter,” Makamure said.

In passing judgment, Makamure further emphasized that the employers at The Mail should pay workers their salaries until the company complied with the law of incapacitation, “if it is genuinely incapacitated”.

She dismissed the unpaid leave forced on the embattled workers as “unlawful as it does not exist at law”.

Athur Marara of Matsikidze and Mucheche Legal Practitioners represented The Mail workers.

The case that was slotted as Terry Mutsvanga and 29 others began after the newspaper forced its workers to go on unpaid leave following the company’s alleged challenges with rising daily printing costs, which reportedly saw the newspaper operating at a loss.

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