Strike looms in construction sector

HARARE - A crippling strike is looming in the construction sector over failure by employers to increase salaries by three percent.

This follows a March 27 agreement whereby the employers made an undertaking to increase salaries by three percent.

Three months later, the adjustment is yet to be effected.

The Zimbabwe Construction and Allied Trades Workers Union (ZCATWU) has written to employers in the industry, notifying them of the employees’ intention to take to the streets to vent their frustration over the lack of implementation of the agreement.

The union’s general-secretary, Muchapiwa Mazarura, said it has now become clear that the employers were not taking the matter seriously.

“ZCATWU is therefore organising for a national strike over wages for all workers in the construction sector.  Please be advised that the day for the strike action will be advised in due course,” he said.

ZCATWU legal counsel, Lovemore Madhuku, has also written to the industry’s national employment council to force the employers’ to comply.

“I write to advise that it is my considered view that the agreement signed by the parties on 27th March, 2018 is legally binding contract. The employers have to increase salaries by a minimum of three percent. The further negotiations contemplated by the parties only relate to whether or not the employers may improve on the three percent position,” Madhuku wrote.

“It is the responsibility of NEC, as a separate legal persona, to ensure that the employer party abides by agreements voluntarily entered into under its auspices. My client believes that with the assistance of the NEC, the employers will abide by the agreement of 27 March 2018. If the employers breach the agreement, I have strict instructions to institute appropriate legal proceeding to enforce the aforementioned agreement.”

Comments (2)

vanombotambira mari vanhu vada kuita strike for 3% increment? Shuwa ivo veUnion kutopinda manegotiations ekuti paite 3% increase here? zvimwe zvacho katinyaranei

legosta - 4 July 2018

The reasons why they don't take things serious is hamuna ma standards akazara.Ndikatora vanhu vaviri , murungu nemutema ndikati vakai imba ku Mbare , 2 Bed house , using the same design template , yemurungu inobuda yakanaka. Borrowdale inowonekera kuti mawoko emunhu mutema. Ku ma university hamuna ma dhigiri e construction kana kuma colleges , kwanzi hatidi kuita anabhiridha. Mu Lndn and elsewhere bhiridha ndi miriyoneya , bricklayer anotambira $20/hr , construction manager $90K pa. Kana ma common construction standards akaitwa - eg in BYO , workers will be paid well , min wage $1100 pm and most youths will be in employment. Ingane ingakaqedi isikholo iyabe ise sebenza.

Duke of Matebele , Native and Crown Prop - 5 July 2018

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