Bulawayo City Council (BCC) workers this week staged a demonstration against their employers over salary delays and poor remunerations, The Southern Eye reports. The strike was reportedly confirmed by Ambrose Sibindi who is the president of Zimbabwe Urban Councils Workers Union (ZUCWU).
Sibindi told the publication that:
The workers struggle, their energy levels are so low that they are unable to perform their
normal duties. Also, agreements reached at works council meetings are unilaterally changed without engaging workers.
The case in point is payment of November salaries and bonus on December 16. The employer later wrote a memo contrary to the works council resolution.
The employer negotiated in bad faith and has grossly proved that in terms of priorities, workers’ salaries are at the lower table and workers have said it is enough.
..workers are paid a basic salary of less than $2000 when the poverty datum line
was around $20 000 a month.
Workers have decided not to work on December 17 and 18 but will report for duty and sit in demanding that the employer abides by the December 7 works council resolution and pay all workers November salaries plus bonus.
According to the publication, there are BCC workers who are earning $1900 a month. Meanwhile BCC This week headlined for spending $1.5 Million on an Ingwebu Breweries AGM which was held in Matopos.
More: The Southern Eye