Telone Employees Raise Red Flag As Company Lays Off Over 400 Grade 7, ZJC Certificate Holders

Fixed telecommunications operator, TelOne is in the process of laying off 423 of its workers, the majority of whom still had Grade 7 and Zimbabwe Junior Certificate (ZJC) as the highest qualification in their CVs.

New Zimbabwe reports that the affected employees have, through their unions, raised the red flag against what they find to be an unfair labor decision surrounding their fate.

Company head of corporate communications, Melody Harry told the publication on Friday that the workers being targeted for the chop did not possess even Ordinary Level qualifications and the relevant technological skills required to turn around the company’s fortunes.

She said TelOne is transforming into a digital entity in line with its new strategic thrust. For this drive to succeed, relevant skills and qualifications emerged as the main driver of the company strategy.

The affected individuals have Grade 7 and ZJC as their highest educational qualification,” she said.

The publication also reports that its news crew was shown some documents that indicate that as early as 2016, the now affected workers were advised to upgrade their qualifications to a minimum of Ordinary Level but failed to do so.

However, the Communication Workers Union of Zimbabwe (CWUZ) secretary-general, Mbuso Jubane accused the employer of foul play alleging the exercise was not being undertaken procedurally.

He accused the employer of violating section 85 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe which provides for the Enforcement of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms.‌

The union leader also said TelOne has over the years been making sure that workers’ basic salaries remained low while just increasing allowances.

The union also accuses the employer of not implementing measures to avoid retrenchment as required at law.

CWUZ is challenging the composition of the workers’ council meeting which they say was defective as it included other individuals who did not sit in the works council.

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