(Last Updated on May 2, 2021 by GERALD NCUBE)
HARARE – Opposition MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa on Saturday called for an immediate improvement of the worker’s conditions as the country celebrated Worker’s Day on the 1st of May.
Chamisa saluted the workers who continue to labour and build the nation and urged that they be paid in United States Dollars.
“GIVE WORKERS SALARIES IN $ US! Saluting the labour that built up this land & those who work to make Zim a great country. Without labour nothing flourishes. We join workers of Zimbabwe to fight for political, economic and social justice. Workers deserve a decent wage and a happy Workers Day,” Chamisa said.
In 2018, Finance and Economic Development minister Mthuli Ncube introduced a number of economic policies which included the re-introduction of the local currency.
However, the employees particularly civil servants have been affected by these policies as they witnessed their salaries being eroded by inflation resulting in a continuous battle with the government for salary adjustments.
Since then, the country has effectively re-dollarised as most goods and services are now priced in foreign currency leading to a call by various labour unions for employers to peg salaries in US Dollars or revert to paying their employees in foreign currency.
However, government has refused to give in to the demands resulting in workers (civil servants) continuously threatening with industrial action.
Teachers declared incapacitation last year and are currently reporting for duty three times only a week.