Workers declare war on council

Harare City Council workers have declared war on their employer warning they would cripple municipality operations due to non-payment of their salaries on time.

Angry workers who spoke to NewsDay said they were tired of “fake promises” by their employer.
This comes after the local authority promised but failed to pay their workforce on time every month.

Harare Municipal Workers’ Union executive chairman Cosmas Bungu warned that no worker should be intimidated and forced to work if they were not paid.

He said: “We have come to a point where we say no worker should be forced to work if he is not paid.

“Morale is very low and Harare city workers have become undesirable tenants. Workers at cemeteries and hospitals are part of the critical staff but they are treated in an embarrassing manner.”

The city council had agreed in principle to pay its workforce not later than the 28th of every month.
“We note with regret the blatant breach by the employer as regards to payment of Harare city employees’ salaries which have to be done not later than the 28th of every month,” said the workers in a statement.

The council’s public relations manager, Leslie Gwindi, said he would need time to find out details pertaining to the workers’ salaries.

Town clerk Tendai Mahachi was not picking up his phone.

Recently, media reports indicated managers at Town House were getting close to $15 000 a month for the highest paid.

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