Zvishavane suspends workers’ committee chair for demanding better pay

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ZVISHAVANE – Zvishavane Town Council has suspended Pilot Mhuka, chairman of the workers’ committee who has been fighting to have the minimum salaries at council raised from RTGS$6 000 (US$42) a month.

Zvishavane Council whose top brass including town secretary Tinoda Mukutu is on suspension for alleged corruption is probably the least paying local authority in the country with wages that are lower than those given to domestic and farm workers.

At a time when residents had hope in the new management, they were shocked to hear that Mhuka had been suspending for staging a peaceful sit-in.

He was demanding 6% salary increase that management promised to pay six months ago but has not been paid.

Instead of responding to the demands for a living wage Zvishavane Finance Director, George Jongoni wrote a letter of suspension.

He said that he was suspending Mhuka for failing to follow labour procedures when workers staged the sit-in.

Jongoni said that the suspension was due to misconduct.

“ln terms of section 17 of Zvishavane Town Council code of conduct you are suspended from duty.The reason for your suspension is that on 23rd of June 2021 while on the employ of Zvishavane Town Council you instigated and took part in an unlawful job action in violation of section 11 (c) of Zvishavane Town Council code of conduct which states that “it is a misconduct if an employee instigates or takes part in an illegal or unprotected strike, boycott, sit in or go slow in order to force management to comply with a demand whether related or unrelated to conditions of employment without proper procedures of the Labour Act Chapter 28:01..”, read the letter.

The suspension comes with no pay and benefits and has been told to surrender council property. https://masvingomirror.com

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