THE salary of one Harare City Council director can pay wages for 227 low-earning workers in the municipality, NewsDay has learnt.
MOSES MATENGA,STAFF REPORTER
This follows disclosures that city directors earned about $37 000 per month.
Council workers yesterday said the exposé of their managers’ hefty salaries has vindicated their long-held suspicion that there was massive looting and corruption at Town House by top managers.
In a joint statement yesterday, the Harare Municipal Workers’ Union, Zimbabwe Urban Council Workers’ Union and Water Workers’ Union of Zimbabwe said: “The exposure indicates and validates our long-held claim that the city of Harare has a top-heavy and bloated management structure, this is a serious financial burden on the city finances considering the levels of management’s salaries.”
The workers added: “We note that the city now has 13 directors whilst previously it had five which is a cause for concern . . . The least paid employee in council gets a paltry basic salary of $163 while directors are getting in excess of a cool net salary of $36 999 per month which is socially and morally unjustifiable and must be corrected as a matter of urgency.
“The percentage difference is a whopping 99,6% which then translates to the basic salaries of 227 employees in grade 16 against one director’s salary.”
Workers demanded the management structure be trimmed immediately and demanded a full disclosure of the entire executive payroll including allowances to the social partners at the national employment council for negotiating purposes.
The workers said that Harare was getting enough money through its various activities such as the blitz on vehicles to pay its workers, hence, should pay the outstanding salaries without fail.