Gweru City Council (GCC) workers have given the city fathers a 14-day strike notice. They are demanding a cost of living adjustment and salary increase.
The notice was signed by the Zimbabwe Urban Council Workers’ Union’s (ZUCWU) Gweru branch secretary, Ambrose Hwande according to Southern Eye. The notice reads:
Notice is hereby given that from August 13, 2019, City of Gweru employees will engage in a demonstration and picketing.
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From August 22, it will be a total withdrawal of labour against the employer’s insensitivity to employees’ cost of living adjustment and allowances request.
ZUCWU secretary-general and Midlands chairperson of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, Kudakwashe Munengiwa threw his weight behind the workers. He said:
What the workers are demanding is a cost of living adjustment of $500 across the board which should be immediately paid and then adjustment of the salaries to match the prevailing US dollar rate on the interbank market.
The employer is paying new prices that have been adjusted on every service rendered like fuel and hotel bills when officials travel. The only thing they have not adjusted are the salaries of their employees.
Gweru mayor Josiah Makombe urged workers to be patient and wait until the supplementary budget is approved.