Victoria Falls workers call off strike

VICTORIA Falls Town Council employees have called off their week-long strike and resolved to take their salary dispute to the courts.

By Our Senior Reporter

About 300 council workers in the resort town downed tools last Wednesday demanding payment of outstanding salaries dating back to July this year.

The week-long industrial action paralysed service delivery in the town.

A workers’ representative, who declined to be named, yesterday told NewsDay they returned to work on Monday.

“We have agreed to approach the Labour Court again with the matter to force council to pay us our money before we go for the festive season,” he said.

Contacted for a comment, Victoria Falls mayor Nkosilathi Jiyane could neither confirm nor deny the new development and referred NewsDay to acting town clerk Phillip Ndlovu, whose mobile phone went unanswered.

“Sorry, I am going into a meeting.

“Why don’t you phone the acting town clerk? He will assist you on that one,” he said.

The industrial action came at a time when an audit had revealed the local authority was losing millions of dollars in revenue due to non-payment by tenants renting some of council properties for the past decade.

The local authority is facing difficulties in meeting its wage bill, which has ballooned to $300 000 per month against a monthly revenue of less than $270 000.

Workers went on strike twice in two months this year.

The local authority employs 289 workers.

Employees took their employer to the Labour Court in Hwange in July where a certificate of settlement was issued under case number ML 14/06/12.

The court gave the employer a month to pay outstanding salaries, but council ignored the order.

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