600 workers of a local security firm, Securitas are now stranded after their employer told them to stop reporting for duty as the company is winding down operations after being reportedly sold to another security firm, Fawcett last month.Uncertainty is hanging over 600 Securitas workers, who have been placed on forced leave as the company prepares to shutdown.
Of the 1200 workers employed by Securitas, only 600 have been retained despite promises from their employers that they would not lose their jobs.
Of the 600, 400 were placed on forced leave on the 1st of May while 200 have not received their May salaries.
Securitas Workersâ€™ Committee Chairman, Mr Gilbert Matarutse said the move is grossly unfair as they were never consulted in line with the Labour Act, while their attempts to get preference in buying the company were rejected.
â€œWe are worried. We once wrote a letter to the Minister of Labour seeking assistance but no help has come, even from organisations like ZCTU,â€ Mr Matarutse said.
Mr Mataruse said a real estate company has already taken over the security firmâ€™s premises while vehicles have been transferred to another firm, with Fawcett taking away some equipment such as guns and CCTV machines.
Fawcett Managing Director, Mr Andrew Laing, who spoke to ZBC News in a telephone interview, however denied that his company had bought Securitas, highlighting that his firm has only taken over some of the Securitas operations such as the alarms division.
Securitas is owned MDC-T Treasurer General, Mr Roy Bennett.