Zim state broadcaster fires hundreds

Zimbabwe’s state broadcaster said on Thursday it has laid off nearly 300 workers as it battles financial woes.

The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) board of directors has “so far terminated the contracts of some 282 staff members on three months’ notice”, chairman Fidelis Munyoro said in a statement.

It said the ZBC had decided to streamline certain operations to try to steer the national broadcaster towards “viable business-focused and results-based activities”.

A journalist at the broadcaster, which has been failing to pay staff salaries, confirmed the layoffs.

“We have been told it is ongoing so even those who have not received the letters are not sure whether their jobs are secure or not,” the journalist told AFP, requesting anonymity.

The ZBC joins several companies that have laid off workers after a Supreme Court ruling last month that allowed employers to dismiss workers after giving three months’ notice.

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions staged protests in the capital Harare last week over the dismissals.

Zimbabwe’s economy has been in a downward spiral for more than a decade following President Robert Mugabe’s land reforms, which broke the country’s agricultural backbone.

Source: AFP