Harare city council workers protest over wages

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Harare municipal workers protesting against unpaid wages fought running battles with riot police at the Town House on Friday last week, in clashes that left several of them seriously injured.

NewsDay witnessed the violent clashes and saw council workers being indiscriminately beaten by baton-wielding riot police who drove the peaceful protestors out of the Town House premises.

The workers were demanding that council officials address them over their grievances, including unpaid wages, but no official was forthcoming, resulting in the noisy protests.

“All we wanted was an explanation from our bosses. We wanted to know why we are not receiving our salaries but we were surprised when the police came and started beating us up. We last got our wages on February 18 and before that we had only been paid in December last year,” said some of the workers outside Town House.

The workers were also demanding the reinstatement of Cosmas Bungu a former leader of the Harare Municipal Workers’ Union, who was apparently sacked for standing up for the workers.

“We want Cosmas Bungu to be reinstated. He was fired for courageously representing our interests,” they said.