Farm workers are not happy with the $7 upward adjustment of their monthly wages claiming that it is too little. The Minister of Labour and Public Service Sekai Nzenza recently gazetted the salary increment. Farms workers got $82 in the past and this has now been increased to $89. This was confirmed by a General Agriculture and Plantation Workers’ Union (GAPWU) official according to a NewZimbabwe report. The official who declined to be named said
We have received a circular from head office that the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Services has gazetted new wages for all farm workers. The agreement is binding on all companies within the agriculture sector… However, the new wages are very low considering the current hikes in the prices of basic commodities. The latest increment will, in reality, leave farmworkers poorer.
Another worry is that most farm owners were even failing to pay their employees their wages before the new salaries were gazetted and I am worried whether they will be able to pay the new wages.