Gwanda municipal workers have called off their one-day industrial action to push for payment of outstanding salaries following the intervention of the Labour Court on Wednesday afternoon.
Workers’ union representative and Gwanda branch chairperson of the Zimbabwe Urban Council Workers’ Union Qondiso Dube confirmed the development yesterday, saying they called off the strike after council offered “an acceptable” payment plan.
The workers downed tools on Wednesday demanding payment of their backdated salaries for the past three months.
But the workers ended the strike action after accepting the municipality’s pay plan at the Labour Court on Wednesday.
“We met the employer yesterday (Wednesday) at the labour offices in a two-hour-long meeting and came to a certificate of settlement where we agreed that they will pay all of us our full salaries by specific dates,” said Dube.
“The salary for April should be paid to all workers by 15 June, the May salaries should be paid by 30 June and by the middle of July our payments should be up to date.”
Dube said workers had heeded the call to end the strike.
“We are now looking forward to see whether they (council) will fulfil their part of the agreement.”
Acting Gwanda mayor Thoko Sibanda could not be reached for comment as her mobile phone went unanswered.