Municipality workers have reportedly sued Gweru City Council (GCC) for reportedly failing to provide safe clothing and subjecting them to unsafe working conditions.
Zimbabwe Urban Council Workers Union Gweru branch chairperson, Robson Kilimboi told NewsDay on Monday they had since reported the matter to the National Social Security Authority (NSSA).
The workers are demanding overalls and gloves among other safety clothing. Kilimboi said workers were organising a sit-in today to press council to urgently address the matter.
“We went to NSSA today (Monday) to report our grievances over lack of safety clothing at our workplace. We have gone for several years with council promising to address this issue, but to date nothing has materialised,” he said.
“As you can see, workers have no overalls, no gloves and inhalers. We are exposing ourselves to dust and other toxins. We are organising ourselves and if all goes well, we will stage a sit-in tomorrow (today) at Town House to express our grievances.”
Town Clerk Daniel Matawu could not be reached for comment, while Mayor Tedius Chimombe’s mobile went unanswered.
In the past weeks, the council came under fire from workers over non-compliance to labour rulings, with employees accusing the city fathers of arrogance.