Some Modzone Textiles Holdings employees in Chitungwiza have been suspended from work without pay following accusations that they spoke to ZBC News without managementâ€™s approval, following a sit-in strike that took place last week over allegations of non-payment of salaries for the past five month.
After ZBC News carried a story that Modzone Textiles workers had staged a sit-in at the companyâ€™s premises demanding to be paid their outstanding salaries; the company has now suspended 31 employees.
Among them are five who were interviewed by ZBC News.
The 31 employees have been given suspension letters dated May 9 which read â€œIt is hereby notified that following some accusation into some purported making unauthorized press statement at Irazim textiles, management finds good cause to believe that serious misconduct have been committed…â€.Â
The letters were signed by one Munemo who is Head of Department for the Dye House department at Modzone Textiles Holdings Company.
According to the letter, the 31 employees have been suspended from work without pay for a period of 14 working days as a precautionary measure in order to facilitate investigation of misconduct.
Contacted for comment Modzone Textiles group Human Resources Manager, Mr. Mapuranga said he could not give a comment on the matter.
The coming back on stream of Modzone Enterprises (formerly ConeTextiles) in Chitungwiza and Norton had been seen as a boost to the Zimbabwean economy as it created employment and increased exports to the region and to Europe.