TWENTY former Chat Breweries employees have sued management for payment of over K1 million in unpaid salaries and other benefits due to them after redundancy.
Their representative Mr Benson Magwana said they have decided to take management to court over their failure to pay them up to K1,325,517 being their arrears in unpaid salaries, two months redundancy packages and leave days owed to each employee respectively.
Mr Magwana said they were declared redundant without being paid their leave days totaling K274,432.20 , and unpaid salaries amounting to K339,459.
Some of the affected employees had worked for the company since 2000 with the latest having joined around 2012.
“At the time of redundancy the defendant had not paid the monthly arrears aforesaid. Further the plaintiffs were owed one month’s salary in lieu of notice of redundancy, accrued leave days and redundancy package,’’ he explained.
According to a writ filed at the Lusaka High Court, the employees explained that officers from human resource informed them at a meeting that the company was shutting down without the 30 days notice of loss of employment.
They said because of the oral nature of contracts of service, no employee had a pay-slip as all emoluments were made by cash by the company cashiers.
Mr Magwana said despite several efforts to remind the company of their money, the defendant had “failed, ignored or refused to settle its indebtedness to the plaintiff”.