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Gweru City Council and its employees embroiled in salary dispute

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Gweru City Council is embroiled in a salary dispute with its employees who are demanding a basic salary of over $20 000.

The workers argue that the figure is the current poverty datum line (PDL) and should be used as a benchmark in determining the minimum wage.

Zimbabwe Urban Council Workers Union, Gweru branch secretary, Thembinkosi Mula on Wednesday confirmed the deadlock saying the issue was still to be resolved.

“As workers we are expecting a poverty datum line indexed salary, which is around $20 115, “Mula said.

“As workers we feel such a figure would meet our basic needs but unfortunately we could not agree on that issue with the employer.”

“We are however yet to finalise the matter as officials are still to meet at a full council meeting to map the way forward.”

Contacted for comment mayor, Josiah Makombe,  said the local authority was facing financial constraints to meet the demands and balance with the need to make sure operations at the local authority were not affected. 

He however said his office would continue engaging employees in a bid to improve working conditions.


“The workers are right in referring to the PDL as a benchmark for the minimum wage but it all comes back to the issue of capacity on the part of council,”he said. “We will always negotiate with our employees hence there is need for stakeholders and ratepayers to honour their obligations so that in turn we can also be able to pay.”

He however said any salary adjustment should strike a  balance between service delivery and improving workers’ conditions of service, which he said was important in boosting staff morale at council.

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