Govt promises to fix ZBC problems

HARARE - The labour unrest at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) took centre stage in the National Assembly yesterday, with legislators challenging responsible ministries, to sort out the mess at the national broadcaster.

Supa Mandiwanzira, Media information and Broadcasting Services deputy minister was asked to explain what was happening at the national broadcaster, following a Daily News expose that workers had embarked on a hunger strike over non-payment of salaries.

Mandiwanzira was standing in for minister Jonathan Moyo, who was tied up at his party’s politburo meeting.
Gift Chimanikire, an MDC MP said: “There are press reports ZBC workers are on hunger strike, and we eagerly want to know what is government policy on workers bargaining in view of the strike happening at ZBC?”

Mandiwanzira said his ministry was going to get to the bottom of the matter.

“We are concerned on what is happening and we have taken note of the press reports about the developments at ZBC,” Mandiwanzira said. “We are going to be engaging the ZBC board, management and workers representatives and all stakeholders to find out what is happening. We cannot allow that situation to happen at the national broadcaster and we shall be briefing   Parliament on our findings.”

This week some workers at ZBC workers embarked on a three-day spiritual fast in a move aimed at unlocking their unpaid salaries.

ZBC employees have gone from April without salaries at a time their bosses are said to be earning about $20 000-a-month each while driving top-of-the-range Mercedes Benz vehicles and Toyota V8 vehicles.

Comments (4)

One hopes Supa will come up for air once he has gone to the bottom of the matter..As a former staffet at ZBC he should know and understand the plight of the workers at ZBC but I dont hold out much hope the politicisation of that place and some of the directors there are more senior in the party than him where the real power resides. Frankly I see him staying at the bottom of the matter and suffocate for less of air. The rot there is that entrenched!

gutter poet - 3 October 2013

so they think the zbc issue is more important than the NRZ one where workers have gone for twelve months without getting a salary and this parliament thinks the zbc one is more important is it because ZBC is their mouth piece and my beloved NRZ is just any other company.let the parliamentarians be serious mhani for once.

railwayworker - 3 October 2013

Zanu have caused the mess through their foolishness, how then can they fix the problems? Has their foolishness gone yet? ZBC SHOULD FEEL THE PAIN WE FEEL ABOUT THEIR BIASED PROGRAMING. YES FEEL IT.

Foolish belief - 3 October 2013

Havazivo here vairamba mari yeMDC kuti iite campaign paradio? Ko, chaipa chii? Enda mundopiwa mari ku ZANU kwamaipembedza. Mbwa dzevanhu, dai zvafa nezhara!!!

Nechekuchera - 4 October 2013

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