Zvishavane Council workers strike over Covid allowances

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ZVISHAVANE – Some 26 Zvishavane Town Council workers from the health department went on a go slow over their Covid19 allowances not been paid since January 2022.
They were supposed to be paid US$30 Covid19 allowances on January 22, 2022 and the money is still pending.
Acting Town Secretary Mungororo Mazai is arguing that the health workers cannot be paid another Covid19 allowance since they are already being paid the same allowance by the Ministry of Health. He describes such payment as double dipping.


The go-slow was so serious that the council ambulance was parked at the Post Office without a driver on Tuesday and garbage vehicles were parked at town house without the workers while public toilets at Mandava went uncleaned.
What angered the workers more is that their case has been postponed four times now at the Labour Court and they suspect foul play. The case was supposed to be heard on April 29, 2022, then the date was moved to May 4 because council management was at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair. On May 4 Labour officials were not available and the case was moved to May 10 but Labour officials were again unavailable.
The next date is now May 24, 2022.


“There is need to determine whether the employees are entitled to be paid such an allowances considering the fact that they are benefiting from the same allowances from the Ministry of Health. There is need to establish whether this is not tantamount to double payment “, the letter to Labour reads.
The Ministry of Health paid council health workers across the country last year depending on the level of risk.
Workers’ committee chairperson, Pilot Mhuka told The Mirror that the proper thing is for council to pay the allowances. He said that the local authority now has too many cases at the courts.
“The issue of double payment is just an excuse “, he said.https://masvingomirror.com

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