Funeral home given ultimatum

Gweru magistrate Meo Rubwe has ordered Homage Funeral Services Company to pay all its workers their outstanding salaries without further delay.

According to court papers, filed at the Gweru magistrates court, the company owes its eight workers $10 000 in unpaid salaries for the period from April to August. A letter dated September 8 and signed by the National Employment Council Senior Designated Agent for Midlands, R Rukasha, states that the company failed to settle the matter amicably during negotiations organised by the workers’ body.

Homage representative, Davison Matingwina, stated that the company was facing financial challenges and was unable to pay the workers the stated amounts of money.

However, in his judgement, magistrate Rubwe said the company had no legal right to deprive the workers their dues. He further stated that that the court would give the company until December 31 to settle all outstanding salaries.

Magistrate Rubwe further fined the funeral company $1 200 for contravening the Labour Act.

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