Prices of basic commodities have continued to rise with some shops, including OK Mart, now selling toilet paper at more than ZW$775. See picture below.
The amount is enough to pay four gardeners as per the recently announced minimum wages per month for domestic workers without industrial employment councils.
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Below are the new salaries agreed upon by Cabinet:
- Gardener – ZW$160.00 –
- Housekeeper – ZW$168.48 –
- Childminder – ZW$179.00 –
- Disabled minder [with a Red Cross Certificate or equivalent] – ZW$189.70 –
- Workers in unclassified operations – ZW$338.00
Prices of commodities and basic services have been on a continual sharp rise for the past 24 months.
The inflation is attributed to a number of issues including the scarcity of foreign currency, a deficit in fuel, power cuts, collapsed local industry and market distortions.
Workers have been grumbling and or demonstrating in the streets over the erosion of their salaries.