IN THE INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS COURT OF MALAWI
MATTER NO. IRC 35 OF 2006
HARA . ... ...APPLICANT
LIQUIDATOR (IMPORT & EXPORT COMPANY) .RESPONDENT
CORAM: R. Zibelu Banda (Ms), Chairperson
Respondent; Absent without excuse
Namponya; Official Interpreter
Dismissal- Justification-Reason-Misconduct-Shortages-Procedure-Right to be heard.
Upon hearing the applicant, the court finds that the applicant flouted company procedure by incurring shortages which he was not able to explain. Incurring unacceptable shortages without any proper explanation has been held to constitute fair reason for termination/ dismissal, see: Mbalangwe V Peoples Trading Centre [Matter Number IRC 164/2001 (unreported)], see also Chimwala V Peoples Trading Centre [Matter Number IRC 259/2002 (unreported)].
The applicant was given an opportunity to explain his side and defend himself at a properly constituted disciplinary hearing. The court finds that the respondent had valid reason for dismissal, the main reason being incurring stock shortage. The termination was summary dismissal therefore notice pay and severance allowance are not payable, section 59 and 35 of the Employment Act. The respondent complied with the law by affording the applicant the opportunity to be heard and defend himself before he was dismissed: See, section 57 (1) and (2) of the Employment Act. Therefore this action is dismissed in its entirety.
Any party aggrieved by this decision has the right of appeal to the High Court within 30 days of this decision. Appeal lies only on matters of law and jurisdiction and not facts: Section 65 (2) of the Labour Relations Act.
Pronounced this 31st day of January 2007 at BLANTYRE.
Rachel Zibelu Banda