Highlanders FC Calls Players Who Took Part In Salary Strikes To A Hearing - Football News (ZW)

Highlanders FC Calls Players Who Took Part In Salary Strikes To A Hearing

Highlanders FC has called the players who took part in a salary strike at the club to a hearing, the players will face an ad hoc committee at the club offices at different times.

Between February and March (2019), most Highlanders FC players took part in the strike in order to have their delayed salaries paid.

Highlanders FC last week, announced that the overdue player salaries had been paid and that the club was well on course on preparations for the Zimbabwe Castle Lager Premier Soccer League 2019 season. 

But the club thought it wise to deal with the causes of the unrest first just before the start of the 2019 league season.

Reportedly, striker, Prince Dube, midfielder Mbekezeli Sibanda, national Under-20 captain Andrew Mbeba, central defender Vincent Moyo and striker Russell Chifura listened to the Highlanders FC Board's first plea for all players to stop the strike.

Another small batch of players returned to training in the second week of the strike; Winger Cleopas Kapupurika, defender Bukhosi Ncube, utility player Charlton Siamalonga and goalkeeper Wellington Muuya.

Highlanders FC players confirmed to have received the calls for a hearing:

“We are going to be appearing for a hearing. They’ve called us one by one and what is surprising is that the chairman (Kenneth Mhlophe) promised that there would not be any witch-hunt after the strike.

“Despite being summoned, the guys are working hard, getting ready for the first game of the season, but are a bit confused about this hearing. What the guys fear is that maybe the club will deduct money from our March salaries for the days we missed training because of the strike,” said a Highlanders player.

A Highlanders FC official had this to say about the hearing:

“Hearing is not a sentence, but an opportunity to clear circumstances and look into the matter that led to those unfortunate events. What this interaction with players individually is meant to do is to educate them on labour issues that govern employer and employee relations. For instance, the issue of giving notice before going on strike, which the players overlooked”.

“Understand that Highlanders is a brand and if something of that nature happens, it will be irresponsible for the club not to address it in a professional way so that the club doesn’t face similar action. The players need to know what channels to follow if they have grievances and exhaust those channels. It’s not about victimisation at all; we’re just dealing with our in-house matters,” said the Highlanders FC official. Source: Chronicle.

Highlanders FC will play Black Rhinos FC on the weekend in their opening match of the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League 2019.

Details of all four teams promoted into the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League for 2019 Season

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