Mine Workers Awarded 78% Pay Increase

Workers in the mining industry have been awarded a 78.45% wage increase following collective bargaining negotiations.

According to a circular sent to mine operators, the lowest paid employee in the sector will now earn $166 000 per month, up from $93 074.

The highest-paid employee in the mining sector, who was previously on $215 872 per month, will now earn $385 012.

According to the paper, which was obtained by NewsDay on Tuesday, the lowest paid employee will get a foreign currency component of US$199 and $74 700 in local currency while the highest paid employee will get US$461,56 and $173 255,58.

The circular signed by the Associated Mine Workers Union of Zimbabwe and the Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe on August 4, 2022, read in part:

Companies shall pay the new minimum wages in both United States dollars and RTGS portions.

The new minimum wages at the signing of this agreement shall be maintained in their fixed nominal values until the next wage review.

Non-foreign currency generating companies are excluded from the requirement to pay in dual currency and shall pay the new monthly Zimbabwe dollar minimum wages as provided for above.

However, in an interview with NewsDay on Tuesday, Solidarity Mine Workers’ Union of Zimbabwe secretary-general Prince Mpala the salary increase is insufficient to cater for workers’ basic needs. He said:

Most of the mine workers are very poor, their salaries are inadequate. Most of the employees there suffer due to psychological stress.

It’s not healthy to earn a slave wage. An employee becomes a hazard at a workplace.

Let’s consider these hard-working mine workers who are working very hard for the nation.

Most of the Chinese companies in Zimbabwe don’t pay back pays. They feel like paying what they want.

Mpala said his organisation had proposed a minimum wage of US$521, with 50% of the total amount payable in local currency.

More: NewsDay

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