By William Milasi
Explosives firm GML formerly known as Dyno Nobel is, “punishing rebel employees,” who participated in a demonstration in June, workers have claimed.
In June the workers appealed for President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s intervention in their standoff with management over unpaid salaries.
The workers were joined by their spouses at the company gates demanding more than $1 million in outstanding wages going back more than a decade.
The workers claimed they were locked out of the company premises at the beginning of the year without any communication from management.
“The company owes us over $1 million in salaries backdated to 2008,” workers committee chairperson Fanuel Ganyiwa said then.
“We were locked out of the company premises since the beginning of this year without any communication from management,” he said.
The employees are now claiming that they are now being sidelined from the company.
“Though production is not full throttle at the company, it has however, come to our attention that some workers are reporting for duty.
“It is interesting to note that those who are reporting for work did not participate during the demonstration and some of us who participated are being sidelined.
“Some workers at the plant are conniving with management to punish us,” a worker told this publication.
In August former employees filed for provisional liquidation of the firm.
The company has been struggling to manufacture products as well as pay workers
In the August application, 2018 the early 40 workers allege that the company had continuously made empty promises but failed to fulfill them.
According to the workers, the company owes them over $1 million.
GML Explosives, the workers allege has effectively stopped operations hence the logical thing is for them to close shop.
Workers have accused fellow employees and Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) officials Emmanuel Chikohora nd Snowman Nyati of siding with GML managing Director Jairos Mushirivindi.
Previously known as Dyno Nobel, GML is the only civil explosives manufacturing company in Zimbabwe.
Its products are used in the mining and civil construction industries and have been traditionally been exported to regional countries such as Zambia, DRC and Tanzania.
The company shut down in 2008 due to economic challenges in the country.
It was later taken over by a consortium of Croatian investors and resumed operations in 2014.
Founded in 1990 as a technology transfer venture between a foreign parent and the government through Industrial Development Corporation, GML become 100% locally owned in September 2007.