AT least 70 senior and middle level managers face an uncertain future in the ongoing restructuring exercise at Wankie Colliery Company, amid reports that a number of posts will be abolished,
the Zimbabwe Independent has learnt.
According to officials at the mine, a circuland departmental heads of impending retrenchments.
“More managers are likely to lose their jobs due to the ongoing restructuring exercise at the mine and a circular has been sent to all mangers who are going to be affected by the retrenchments and the numbers this time are ten times the number of people retrenched in February,” said one official at the country’s sole coal producer.
Ten senior managers were fired last month when the restructuring exercise commenced.
Wankie Colliery managing director Godfrey Dzinomwa could not be reached for comment as he was said to be in Harare attending meetings the whole week.
Mine officials however said the affected staff would be re-assigned to less senior positions in the company while others would be re-assigned to other departments.
Advertisements being flighted in the press by a local employment agency on behalf of Wankie Colliery Company show that some of the senior positions have been merged while others have been phased out completely.
Wankie Colliery is the largest producer of coal and is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange and the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges.
Wankie last month fired 10 managers, namely the general manager – finance and administration, general manager – operations, technical services manager, public relations manager, processing manager, purchasing manager, materials manager, human resources manger and the marketing manager.
The company has embarked on a turnaround programme to reverse its poor performance.