Over 3,000 Zim workers lose their jobs in six days

State radio is reporting 400 workers were given their notice at the Sino-Zimbabwe Cotton Company.

FILE: In all, labour unions claim that more than 3,000 workers have lost their jobs since last Friday. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - Labour unions in Zimbabwe say at least 3,000 workers have been given notice in the past six days and they've called on President Robert Mugabe to intervene.

Critics say the recent spate of job losses come after a Supreme Court ruling left workers exposed after years of protection by strict labour laws.

State radio is reporting 400 workers were given their notice at the Sino-Zimbabwe Cotton Company in Harare yesterday.

In all, labour unions claim that more than 3,000 workers have lost their jobs since last Friday.

That's when the Supreme Court ruled that employers have the right to end workers' contracts by giving them just three months' notice.

The main Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions says if Mugabe doesn't use his emergency powers to stop the jobs losses, workers will be left with no option but to stage protests in the streets.