Operations at Lobels Holdings came to a halt as workers took to the streets to express their anger at management over failure to honor contractual obligations.
Workers at the confectionary maker are up in arms with their top management over a number of unresolved disputes, chief among them the issue of wages.
A survey by the ZBC News crew inside the plant proved that business was at a stand still as workers went on a rampage at the company premises, venting their rage at the companyâ€™s top management who are being accused of gross mismanagement.
The companyâ€™s workers spokesperson, Mr. Paul Chakapisa said the staff has not received their wages for the past three months.
He said management has shown a level of dishonest by failing to honour some of the agreements they reached in previous meetings, leaving the workers with no option but to engage in an industrial action.
â€œWe are tired. We tried to engage them but nothing fruitful has come our way. Things have gone out of hand. This is a message to them to say enough is enough. We want our salaries as agreed in our contracts.
â€œPensioners shall also be respected with their exit packages. We also need protective clothing among a host of other grievances. We are not going back until our problems are solved,â€ Mr Chakapisa said.
Mr. Chakapisa said the dispute between workers and top management dates back to May last year.
Some aggrieved workers who spoke to the news crew said they are finding life difficult as a result of failure to get their salaries and pension remissions.
Â â€œI have been thrown out of the house that I have been renting by the landlord. My goods and family are in the open as I speak to you now,â€ said one worker.
â€œI am over 65 – a pensionable age by the laws of this company. The management says they donâ€™t have money for my pension and yet I know that they want to frame a case against me so that I wonâ€™t get my benefits,â€ another worker said.
The workers are accusing the management of prioritising luxury vehicles and other bread delivery trucks at the expense of workers.
Efforts to get a comment from the companyâ€™s management were fruitless as the companyâ€™s top executive was said to be out of office and their mobile phones were not reachable.