The Supreme Court early this month ruled that the national flag carrier AirZimbabwe should reinstate the workers it fired 5 years ago after the Zuva Petroleum saga that changed labor laws drastically, The Herald reports.
According to the publication, the Supreme Court upheld the labor court’s ruling and ordered that the workers be reinstated or be paid damages in lieu of reinstatement because their dismissal dismissals via three months’ termination notices were slipshod.
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The development was confirmed by the AirZimbabwe lawyer Mr Mucheche who said:
..this legal obligation for reinstatement of the unfairly dismissed employees without loss of salary and benefits or payment of damages in lieu of reinstatement
Since the Supreme Court judgment is final and not appealable, the administrator is legally bound.
The employer has a huge backlog of back pay wages and benefits for five years to pay the over 300 reinstated employees.
Air Zimbabwe has even notified fired workers that the reinstatement letters are ready for collection. MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa was one of the lawyers working on the case when the landmark ruling was made in 2016.