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Gweru city council fails to pay wages

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A storm is brewing in the Midlands city of Gweru where the local authority has failed to raise staff salaries on time and appears unable to stop imminent job action.
The council says it has no money to pay wages because residents were not paying water and other utility bills on time. Management has tried but failed to convince employees to accept a delay in their wages. City Chamber Secretary Richard Masinire wrote to the workers early this month advising them of the city’s financial position which, according to the workers, has become perennial.
“Council has of late been experiencing cash flow problems due to the failure by rate payers to service their accounts timeously. This has resulted in council failing to pay wages and salaries by month end,” reads part of the letter.
“….Efforts have always been made to ensure that employees get their wages and salaries in full, not later than a week after due date.”
The workers met last week over the issue and resolved to reject their employer’s excuse. They have threatened to go on strike, a situation that could paralyse service delivery in the town. In a letter written to the local authority, the workers, through their union, the Zimbabwe Urban Council Workers Union (ZUCWU) demanded their wages in full and on time.
“… Please be advised that our membership at a meeting held on 16/07/10 at works yard rejected your position. … We demand that salaries and wages be paid on the due date without failure in the interest of good industrial relations,” reads part of the letter signed by Kudakwashe Munengiwa ZUCWU’s branch secretary.
GCC has been facing cash flow problems since the beginning of this year. In March they paid half salaries to workers resulting in a strike in early April.
For the past consecutive months the local authority has been failing to pay employees on time. Workers have accused their employer of spending a lot of money in salaries for top management while failing to pay the majority wage earners.

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