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GMB Workers Threaten Job Action Over Salaries

Grain Marketing Board (GMB) workers have given the parastatal’s management a 14-day ultimatum to review their salaries which they say are no longer enough to cater to their basic needs.

According to a notice addressed to the parastatal’s management dated 16 November 2022 and signed by GMB and Silo Food Industries Worker’s Union secretary-general David Chigogo, the lowest-paid worker is earning less than ZWL$30 000 per month. Reads the notice:

The employers have disregarded the prevailing economic environment in which most goods and services are pegged in US dollars.

This has severely eroded the buying power of employees’ salaries as evidenced by the lowest-paid employee earning a basic salary of $29 111.

To make matters worse, there is no USD component to compensate for the meagre salary.

This salary has been stagnant since April 2022. How do employers expect employees to survive?

The workers also claimed that they are being made to work during weekends to distribute farming inputs under Pfumvudza and the Presidential Input Scheme. They said:

Employees even come to work on Sundays in order to fulfil inputs distribution targets but their plea for salary review (or) payment of overtime in full and USD component has not been heard.

The management has kept on procrastinating salary reviews hiding behind their principal citing no funding but employees are saying enough is enough.

If the employers are failing to value the services of employees, we are saying it is time to put tools down.

Other parastatals have been awarded salary increments by the same principal.

| NewsDay

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One Comment on “GMB Workers Threaten Job Action Over Salaries

  1. Point of correction – your story is lacking substance. The reality is, GMB contract employees are the ones earning RTGS29,111.00 per month after working more 25 days including weekends an equivalence of USD30.00. Permanent employees have benefits and they earn a much better wage whilst doing the same duties This is very true. Do a proper investigative journalism. In this ailing parastatal, many issues need to be addressed ASAP. To begin with, the parastatal is run by old school drop outs who are self-centred. They do not even care about the livelihoods of their hardworking but suffering employees. Secondly, the ZCTU should probe the Union President of GMB who is a mere bogus and unconstitutionally operating representative. He is operating without a constitution and since 2016 no election has been conducted. So how can we expect him to meet the needs of his constituency. He is just a mere tool that has been put in place by these school drop outs to represent their self-aggrandizement agenda. Since 2017, he has been sending these ultimatums but the management has never taken any action. This ultimatum again is void. To make matters worse, contract employees constitute the biggest percentage of GMB’s workers but they are the ones earning meagre salaries

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