The MDC has confirmed earlier reports that it intended to lay off some of its workers in order to have a leaner staff compliment.
Party deputy spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka told Newsday that the party has over 100 workers and the planned retrenchment is in compliance with the law. He said:
The party is going for a leaner staff complement and the party has offered a package for those who want to leave voluntarily.
The party has got over 100 employees and because of the present economic situation, which has been authored by the current regime, the party has decided to go for a leaner staff complement, which it can be able to pay.
The party has offered a voluntary retrenchment package and has complied with the law. What the party is offering is actually more than what is prescribed by the law.
Tamborinyoka, however, dismissed claims that the retrenchment was a witch hunt aimed at those perceived to be aligned to former secretary general Douglas Mwonzora. Tamborinyoka added;
There is no employee or department which is being targeted here. This is a voluntary process and people are taking up the offer voluntarily.
We are a labour-backed party and just like any other responsible corporate in the country, the party is rationalising its staff complement.