workers.jpgWorkers at a Kaylite making factory in Harare’s Workington area are up in arms with their white employer, whom they accuse of flouting indigenisation and empowerment laws by allegedly denying them a chance to buy the company.

The workers at Strammit Kaylite accuse their employer of going behind their backs to sell the company to another owner instead of giving them the first preference.

The company’s owners who were mentioned as Mr Robert Fern, John Osternburg, William Beattie and the Margolis family are alleged to have advertised that they were selling the company without informing their workers.

The workers say that they then approached their employers and proposed to buy the company but were turned down.

”Our attempt to buy the company was rejected,” said Mr Isaiah Mazengere, a worker at the company.

Strammit Kaylite Worker’s Union Chairman, Mr Emmanuel Makare said workers feel betrayed by the company and most of them have opted to resign instead of working for the new management.

However the workers will not get retrenchment packages should they resign, with their employer allegedly promising to give them allowances.

The workers have since appealed to Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister, Cde Savior Kasukuwere and the Chairman of the National Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Board, Cde David Chapfika on the matter.

Efforts to get a comment from the Strammit Kaylite owners were fruitless as the management was not at the company premises.