Mutare council to discuss employee plight

MUTARE city fathers are today set to hold a crunch meeting to discuss the plight of council employees amid reports that some of the workers last received their salaries in November last year.

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Mutare town clerk Obert Muzawazi on Monday wrote to members of the employment council to attend the meeting which is expected to discuss payment of workers’ 2012 bonuses as well.

Read part of the letter: “Notice is hereby given that the employment council meeting will be held on Wednesday 6th March 2013 in the committee room. The agenda will be the medical aid constitution, payment of outstanding salaries, protective clothing and 2012 bonus.”

According to one of the members of the employment committee, non-payment of salaries by the local authority had created apathy among the workers thereby affecting service delivery.

“We paid our October salaries in December and November salaries in January. We are yet to pay salaries for December, January and February. Currently we are in the middle of processes to raise funds,” the committee member, who refused to be named, said.

The eastern border city is battling to recover more than $20 million it is owed by residents and various business entities in unpaid rates.

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At a recent full council meeting, Muzawazi told councillors that the local authority might consider taking legal action against bad debtors.

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