Farm workers to finally receive their dues

HARARE - The announcement by President Emmerson Mnangagwa that government will compensate white farmers has been welcomed by thousands of farm workers who will also have to be paid their outstanding salaries.

Progressive Agriculture and Allied industries Workers Union of Zimbabwe (Paawuz) official Raymond Sixpence whose union has over the years been fighting to have farm workers paid their dues said the farmers can only be paid after they settle their outstanding debts with farm workers.

Sixpence said they also received the good news that government has taken the first step towards compensating $9 billion to over 4 000 white farmers — who lost their land under the fast-track land reform programme — after it announced last Friday the appointment of Ringson Chitsiko as the chairperson of the Compensation Committee, that will spearhead the process.

According to the Government Gazette issued on Friday, Chitsiko, who is also the Agriculture ministry’s permanent secretary, will head the committee until October next year.

Sixpence said the payments will be a victory “not only to the white farmers but also the farm workers because it was agreed that in terms of S16 of 2002 no farmer should be compensated before he pays what he owes farm workers who lost their jobs at the time.

“The farmers were saying they could only pay farm workers once they received their compensation and we have been waiting for this time.

“They have to pay farm workers three months’ salary plus two months’ salary for every year one was employed. This is apart from the leave days and gratuity,” said Sixpence.

He said there are over 30 000 farm workers who are eagerly waiting compensation.

“The workers are happy and we have already written letters to agriculture union. We also hope to engage the ministry of Finance on this.”

Comments (1)

Good job

Kudzai - 17 February 2018

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