A DELEGATION sent by Vice-President Joice Mujuru met management at the ailing Cold Storage Company (CSC) last Thursday to assess the situation at the parasta
tal following reports by this paper that it was failing to pay its workers.
The delegation from the Ministry of State Enterprises, Anti-Monopolies and Anti-Corruption, visited the company to familiarise themselves with the problems bedevilling the parastatal.
CSC public relations manager, Patience Madambi, confirmed the visit but did not elaborate on its mission.
“I can confirm that we were visited by a delegation from the Ministry of State Enterprises, Anti-Monopolies and Anti-Corruption,” was all she was prepared to divulge.
Although details of the meeting were sketchy, workers who spoke on condition that they were not named, said management was taken to task over mismanagement at the parastatal, which has resulted in production grinding to a halt and workers not being paid.
“Workers have now gone for six months without pay yet we were promised a half salary for the month of July,” said one employee.
Investigations by this paper revealed that grade B2 workers get a meagre $20 000 while grade B1 workers get around $25 000 to $30 0000 a month.
“I understand the delegation fired a broadside at the management who have been running the parastatal like a tuckshop,” said another employee who requested anonymity.
“We go to work just to sit as there is nothing much to do,” said an employee. “We resumed production after the arrival of cans from South Africa. The slaughter department has been shut down because the parastatal is failing to get the cattle. The reason being that they simply don’t have money.”
The Reserve Bank availed funds under the Distressed Companies Fund but surprisingly CSC has not taken up the fund.