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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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.

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