Govt Gazettes SI 81 Of 2020 Which Sets Minimum Wage Threshold For Employees

The Government of Zimbabwe has gazetted Statutory Instrument 81 of 2020 which pegged the minimum wage at an equivalent amount of US$100.

The development is likely to heighten tensions between the government and workers who have been calling for the increment of salaries to at least US$200.

The SI which sets the minimum wage threshold, however, does not include agriculture and domestic employees. It reads in part:

The minimum wage of $2 549 applies to all workers other than domestic and agricultural employees, for which alternative provision will be made.

This comes when the latest Poverty Datum Line for a family of five currently stands above $5 000 according to official figures.

The government also recently gazetted a Statutory Instrument which allows citizens and businesses to use foreign currency for domestic transactions, a move that was viewed as re-dollarisation.

In response to SI 81, Peter Mutasa, the ZCTU president, said that the government made a unilateral decision as they had not found common ground.

More: Daily News

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