Former workers fight Ingwebu Breweries

Siphilisiwe Zondo
FORMER Bulawayo City Council milk cow Ingwebu Breweries has been caught in confrontation with former workers who accuse management of living a a�?good lifea�? while retrenched workers are yet to get their dues.
Sources say there is an ongoing feud between managers and retrenched workers concerning unpaid housing allowances and transport allowances dating back to 2009.
However, the marketing manager of Ingwebu Breweries, Nkosana Prince Ndlovu, denied the allegations.
a�?The voluntary separation packages that former employees took advantage of were voluntary; they could be taken or refused as employees so decided. As we stand, many employees decided not to take the packages, and they are still in employment in the organisation. If any of them had outstanding hours worked and other industrial relations matters unresolved, they would have approached the relevant departments and their individual cases dealt with,a�? said Ndlovu.
According to documents in possession of B-Metro, there are allegations that some purchases were done with inflated prices.
a�?We are not aware of any calabash washer whose price was inflated,a�? said Ndlovu.
It is alleged that company management enjoys lavish perks which include school fees allowance of up to $5 000 for the top management and $1 000 for lower management, among others. However, Ndlovu declined to confirm this as he said it was confidential.
a�?Unfortunately, we are not able to discuss the conditions of service of employees in any public media. They are respected as confidential and the exclusive preserve of the employees themselves,a�? he said.
Ingwebu Breweries management has allegedly failed to unearth various scandals at the company, a development that has negatively affected the operations of the company.