Gweru fails to give cemetery workers protective clothing

GWERU cemetery workers are working without protective clothing and scooping water out of graves with buckets, a situation that exposed them to health risks, a councillor has revealed.


Ward 13 councillor, Catherine Mhondiwa said there was need to buy protective clothing for the workers as they were scooping water from graves using bare hands.

“There is need for council to make sure that cemetery workers are provided with protective clothing,” Mhondiwa said at a recent full council meeting.

“Our workers at the cemeteries need gloves, gumboots and masks to make sure that they are not exposed to health hazards.”

She said the workers scooped water logged graves with buckets.

Town clerk, Elizabeth Gwatipedza said council would look into the issue to make sure that workers were provided with protective clothing.

“We are seized with the matter to make sure that our workers have protective clothing,” she said.

Three years ago workers went on strike to protest over lack of protective clothing among other issues.

Meanwhile, Gwatipedza said council had employed 20 sweepers to clean the Central Business District during weekends and public holidays.

“We have since engaged 20 sweepers to work during weekends and public holidays when our workers are off on such days,’ she said.

“There is need to maintain the best health standards, particularly on our public toilets and streets.”

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