Over 250 Zimbabweans lose jobs in 24 hours

The country’s unemployment levels are thought to be around 80 percent.

FILE: Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions Secretary General Japhet Moyo says more workers are being thrown onto the streets.

HARARE - Zimbabwe's main trade union body says more than 250 people have lost their jobs since Monday in the wake of a controversial ruling that gives employers greater power to sack workers.

The country's unemployment levels are thought to be around 80 percent, and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has called on the government to intervene to rescue workers.

Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions Secretary General Japhet Moyo says more workers are being thrown onto the streets.

In the past, employers had to follow lengthy retrenchment procedures, and pay severance packages.

But on Friday the Harare Supreme Court ruled that employers can terminate workers' contracts by giving them just three months' notice.

Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC says the court's ruling will have "devastating and far-reaching implications".