CSC fails to pay workers for five months

THE troubled Cold Storage Company (CSC) which has failed to pay its workforce for the past five months has laid off most of its employees in a bid to cut down on its wage bill.

Authoritative sources indicated that close to 100 workers in the canning department were recentl

y laid off by CSC due to zero production leaving the department with only 19 workers.

“Most workers in the canning department have been laid off because there is absolutely no work to do. Workers have lost faith in the management and are just going to work to fulfill their contractual arrangements,” a worker speaking on condition of anonymity said.

Another said: “Workers have gone for five months without getting their monthly wages. The management is mum about the whole issue and this has irked workers who have families to take care of. Schools have since opened and the workers have to pay school fees for their children.”

Repeated efforts to get a comment from the company failed as public relations manager, Patience Madambe did not respond to questions faxed to her by the time of going to press.

The country’s largest meat processing and beef marketing company, which is in the grips of a financial squeeze, is operating at below 20% capacity due to viability problems.

Parastatals have been in the firing line in recent months from government officials who accuse them of failing to meet their economic turnaround targets.

The central bank last year released $10 billion under the Parastatals and Local Authorities Reorientation Programme to revive collapsing parastatals. — Staff Writer.