Mine workers reject salary hike

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Mutare (New Ziana) – The Zimbabwe Diamond Allied and Minerals Workers Union (ZDAMWU) has rejected a recent salary increment offer of between 46 and 50 percent from the National Employment Council (NEC) for the mining industry, describing it as a “farce”.

The recent hike was agreed after negotiations between the Associated Mine Workers Union of Zimbabwe (AMWUZ) and the Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe (CMZ).

The new increase will see the lowest employee earning ZWL$45 000 from ZWL$30 000 a month. The highest paid worker, on the other hand, will now be earning about ZWL$104 000, from ZWL$71 000.

“We would like to unequivocally state that the recent salary adjustment which was reached between the National Employment Council (NEC) and Amwuz is nothing but a farce. The increments are nothing but actually a selling out salary negotiation outcome,” ZDAMWU general secretary Justice Chinhema, said.

He said the salary hike was a mockery considering that the Poverty Datum Line (PDL) is pegged at $70 000, and most mines earned foreign currency.

“As workers, we have lost faith with individuals who are purporting to be representing workers at NEC but in actual fact are representing their own selfish interests,” ZDAMWU said.

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