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Unpaid Chitungwiza council workers threaten strike action

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A storm is brewing within Chitungwiza Municipality as workers, who have gone for close to six months without pay, have threatened to go on strike Monday.

On Friday, the workers converged at the head office for a meeting with the responsible authorities over the salary issue and denounced council for maintaining “fat-cats” while they languished in poverty.

Most of the workers said they were owed salaries ranging between $1 000 and $1 500 by the local authority.

This would be the second time this year the council workers down tools after they engaged in a job action earlier in the year demanding their salaries and the resignation of the town clerk, Godfrey Tanyanyiwa, whom they accused of being corrupt.

Those who spoke to NewsDay said they were not happy with the treatment they were getting from the council and were now tired of being lied to.

Later, it emerged nothing had come out of the Labour Court regarding the issue of salaries and the workers confirmed the job action.

“We are not going to sit and relax when we are suffering like this. We will make sure our voices are heard,” said Edmore Tembo, a worker.

Tanyanyiwa was not immediately available for comment as he was believed to be off duty.

Chitungwiza council is also heavily indebted to its main water supplier, Harare City Council, which they owe close to $4 million.

Harare mayor Muchadeyi Masunda last week said his council would soon be writing to its debtors (including Chitungwiza) demanding payment and warned of unspecified action against those who failed to settle the arrears.

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