Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court yesterday quashed a High Court decision ordering national telco TelOne to reinstate over 1,200 workers it dismissed two years ago. Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku made the ruling after the fixed line operator appealed to the court to overturn the earlier judgement blocking it from firing the workers for embarking on an unlawful strike. ’There is no basis that their dismissals were unlawful. It was lawful for the employer to charge the employees with absence from work in contravention of the code of conduct,’ said Justice Chidyausiku. The strike took place in October 2004 after management refused to award a pay rise as recommended by an arbitrator in March of the same year. The High Court in October last year ruled in favour of the workers and ordered the firm to reinstate them.