Strike paralyses Karoi

KAROI - Council business came to a standstill for the second day running yesterday after Karoi Town Council workers and management remained locked over a salary dispute.

This follows the granting of a “certificate of no settlement” by labour officer Godfrey Musaniwa last week.

The workers are demanding salaries dating back to six months from a council battling financial crisis.
The workers closed beer halls, a guest house, and the housing department, which are main sources of revenue.

Workers’ committee chairperson Andrew Bangura told the Daily News the strike would continue until management curves in to their demands.

“We entered into agreement with management in July that they will give workers salary advances not exceeding 50 percent of one’s salary to assist employees during funerals and sickness, but nothing is being done.

“Furthermore, we agreed that we must get last year’s unpaid bonuses as from August 1 but we have not been paid a single cent. There are unfair labour practises among other issues,” he said.

Council chairperson Casmell Pemhiwa said management is sourcing $200 000 to foot salaries for two months.
“Unfortunately there is a ballooned labour force of 200 when we are getting less in revenue collection. It is a challenge we are facing.

Residents are not paying rates, forcing the council to leave from hand to mouth” said Pemhiwa. - Own Correspondent

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