Coun­cil work­ers de­mand $700 salary hike

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BU­L­AWAYO City Coun­cil em­ploy­ees are de­mand­ing that the lo­cal au­thor­ity gives them a $700 monthly Cost of Liv­ing Ad­just­ment fund to help cush­ion their salaries and im­prove their stan­dard of liv­ing.

The coun­cil work­ers have de­scribed their liv­ing con­di­tions as “in dire poverty” due to the low salaries, with low­est em­ployee re­port­edly get­ting $180. The last time the works got a Cost of Liv­ing Ad­just­ment al­lowance was in 2014 when they were each awarded $100 on top of their salaries.

Ac­cord­ing to a coun­cil con­fi­den­tial re­port, the Zim­babwe Ur­ban Coun­cils Work­ers Union ZUCWU (Bu­l­awayo branch) had writ­ten to the lo­cal au­thor­ity de­mand­ing that their salaries be cush­ioned by at least $700 as their cur­rent salaries were mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for them to make ends meet.

“The union for the past years has been ne­go­ti­at­ing with coun­cil to raise its low­est paid worker to the Poverty Da­tum Line, which rep­re­sents a given stan­dard of liv­ing that must be at­tained if a per­son is con­sid­ered not to be poor. City Coun­cil em­ploy­ees have lived in dire poverty for the past years con­sid­er­ing the fact that the low­est paid worker has re­mained pegged at $180 since 2009.

“Coun­cil only cush­ioned its work­ers with a Cost of Liv­ing Ad­just­ment of $100 in 2014, a fig­ure which never raised the low­est paid worker to the Poverty Da­tum Line and that has re­mained so till this date and work­ers’ salaries have been stag­nant since then,” reads the let­ter from the coun­cil work­ers’ union.

“The union fur­ther pro­poses that coun­cil awards a cush­ion­ing Cost of Liv­ing Ad­just­ment al­lowance in view of the cur­rent $700 Poverty Da­tum Line,” reads the let­ter from the work­ers.

In de­lib­er­at­ing the mat­ter coun­cil re­solved to give the lo­cal au­thor­ity’s hu­man re­sources man­ager the man­date to en­gage the work­ers in col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions in or­der to come up with a way for­ward.

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