BULAWAYO, Tuesday, August 27, 1991 — Negotiations for the reduction of working hours and an increase in the salaries for textile workers are at an advanced stage, the secretary for Zimbabwe Textile Workers’ Union, Cde Casper Mangwiro has said. In an interview, Cde Mangwiro, said that the union has been meeting with members of the National Employment Council for the Textile Industry to negotiate the reduction of working hours for the textile industrial workers.
“The negotiations are at an advanced stage and we hope to be getting positive results”, he said.
He was responding to complaints by security guards who were claiming that they were being overworked and under paid. Cde Mangwiro said that there must have been a misunderstanding between the guards and their workers’ union. “The guards must have thought that the proposals which they had put to the employers had been agreed to and they were given a raw deal”, Cde Mangwiro said.
The guards had complained that they were working 52 hours a week instead of 48 hours which they said had been stipulated by the government. “The money we are getting is below the minimum wage of this industry”, said the security guards at a leading textile company in Bulawayo.