Farm workers have been awarded a 47 per cent pay hike to backdated to March 1, 2019.
Before the adjustment was made, the least paid worker in the horticulture sector was earning ZWL$89 a month, while the highest was taking home ZWL$176.
The salary adjustment means that the least paid worker will now be earning ZWL$131 while the highest paid will earn ZWL$259.
A document signed on March 28 by the Zimbabwe Agriculture Employers Organisation, Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers’ Union, Commercial Farmers’ Union, Zimbabwe Farmers’ Union, General Agriculture and Plantation Workers’ Union of Zimbabwe among others read in part:
All amounts have been rounded off to the nearest RTGS dollar. An employer/employee can apply to the National Employment Council within 14 days for an exemption or partial exemption /review from paying wages as set up in the above schedule, stating the reasons why that application should be considered.
In light of the salary adjustments, Progressive Agriculture and Allied Industries Workers’ Union of Zimbabwe general secretary Raymond Sixpence had this to say:
It’s a step in the right direction, but not enough to cushion them from the current economic hardships.
It was going to be better if they had said they will pay half of their salaries in US dollars and another half in RTGS dollars since they are exporting and earning foreign currency.