Mine work­ers be­moan low re­mu­ner­a­tion

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Belinda Moyo Busi­ness Re­porter

THE Zim­babwe Di­a­mond and Al­lied Min­er­als Work­ers Union (ZDAMWU) says the pre­vail­ing macro-eco­nomic fac­tors in the coun­try has ren­dered mine work­ers’ salaries a pit­tance.

In a state­ment, ZDAMWU said the min­ing in­dus­try re­mains one of the low­est pay­ing sec­tors with the pre­vail­ing in­fla­tion­ary environment in the coun­try fur­ther erod­ing the em­ploy­ees’ mea­gre earn­ings.

“Work­ers’ salaries have been eroded. With a min­i­mum of $260 be­ing paid through RTGS, EcoCash or in bond note the work­ers are worse off and are earn­ing close to noth­ing. There are mas­sive price hikes that have af­fected al­most ev­ery ba­sic com­mod­ity in the coun­try where prices are de­ter­mined us­ing par­al­lel mar­ket rates,” read part of the state­ment.

ZDAMWU

fur­ther

lamented that min­ers and their fam­i­lies were liv­ing in ab­ject poverty yet the in­dus­try was one of the coun­try’s top for­eign cur­rency earn­ers.

“Of great con­cern to ZDAMWU are the hard­ships be­ing faced by mine work­ers and their fam­i­lies when the in­dus­try is the sec­ond if not first for­eign cur­rency earner af­ter to­bacco. The min­ing in­dus­try work­ers are cur­rently the low­est paid in Zim­babwe in an in­dus­try that is labour in­ten­sive, has high risk and health haz­ard,” read part of the state­ment.

ZDAMWU also noted that the pre­vail­ing three-tier pay­ment sys­tem be­ing ex­erted by most busi­ness was ad­versely im­pact­ing on its mem­bers’ dis­pos­able income.

“The coun­try has seen the emer­gence of un­scrupu­lous and cor­rupt busi­ness­peo­ple who are us­ing the three-tier priz­ing sys­tem to swin­dle con­sumers es­pe­cially in ru­ral ar­eas where most mines are found. The sit­u­a­tion be­ing wit­nessed is also be­ing wors­ened by heart­less em­ploy­ers who are af­ter prof­its with­out con­sid­er­ing the plight of work­ers,” read the state­ment.

The Union said over the past few years it had been grap­pling to deal with sev­eral dis­putes in the in­dus­try among oth­ers, non -pay­ment of wages, un­der­pay­ment of wages, poor work­ing con­di­tions, un­law­ful dis­missals and many more in­clud­ing ha­rass­ment in all forms by em­ploy­ers.

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