Cheese and ice cream producing company, Kefalos is at loggerheads with some of its workers who are refusing to sign new employment contracts before they receive gratuities for their more than a decade service.

Mistrust has crept in between the dairy product manufacturing company and some of its 11 employees.

The 11 workers have since been fired and ordered to vacate their residence on the farm following their reservations to sign new contracts.

The workers are refusing to sign new contracts and are asking why the company is failing to acknowledge the time of service prior to the proposed new contracts.

“We are having a problem with the company because they want us to sign new contracts while we are permanent employees. Why sign the contracts when we are permanent? Again, they must acknowledge our long service, the US$617 they offered us for 15 years is too little, that is why we turned it down,” said one employee.

Efforts to get a comment from Kefalos management on camera were fruitless with the company’s Operations Manager, Ms Linda Gono saying she could not comment on a matter which is before the courts.

Documents shown to ZBC News from the Ministry of Labour and Social Services dated 13 January however show that the Ministry had ordered the company to stop taking any action against the 11.