THE Zimbabwe Energy Workers Union (Zewu) and Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority Technical Employees Association (ZTEA) have roped in Energy minister Dzikamai Mavhaire to help them resolve their long-standing salary dispute with power utility, Zesa.
BY OWN CORRESPONDENT
Mavhaire met the union leaders on Monday and committed himself to resolving the two-year-old salary dispute although the matter is already at the High Court.
At the meeting, Mavhaire promised to make “behind the scenes” consultations with the relevant stakeholders before January 31 and report back to the unions. The salary dispute arose after Zesa refused to implement new wage levels recommended by workers’ unions following the 2012 collective bargaining meeting.
The matter went for arbitration and a ruling was made in favour of the employees, but Zesa approached the High Court for redress.
“This issue happened during the era of the inclusive government and as minister, I want this issue to be a thing of the past. We cannot keep on dragging and dragging with no solution in sight. Workers need something to mitigate their current economic challenges,” Mavhaire said.
Zewu president Angeline Chitambo said Mavhaire’s intervention had opened a window of hope. “Yes, we are into negotiations over the matter, but our position is that we want everyone to come on the table in good faith. As workers we remain resolute that an acceptable solution will be reached soon. Maybe a win-win situation will be desirable,” Chitambo said.