Former TelOne workers have written to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to express concern over a Supreme court judgment by retired Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku validating their dismissal for staging an unlawful industrial strike over 13 years ago in October 2004.
On October 15, 2004, TelOne suspended the striking workers without pay and benefits for being absent from work, disobeying a lawful order and disregarding standing procedures, before they were eventually dismissed from their employ. The employees have since then been contesting the legality of their dismissal, saying none of them was ever invited to attend a hearing before being dismissed as is provided for by the law.
The ex-TelOne employees are now arguing that the manner in which Chidyausiku handled the case was biased and violated ILO conventions. In a four-page petition dated March 7, 2017, copied to the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare and the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, TelOne’s former employees pleaded with ILO to urgently come to their rescue.
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