Customs staff strike

HARARE - Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) workers went on strike last week, demanding better salaries and working conditions, a development that immediately plunged operations at the country's border posts into chaos and crippled revenue collection.
The workers say they want Zimra to hik

e salaries by 5,000 percent but management said they can afford only 200 percent.
The lowest paid worker earns about Z$1.7 million per month, enough to buy 17 loaves of the lowest quality bread (costing $100 000 each on the illegal but thriving black market where most basic commodities are now found).
Zimra Commissioner General Gershom Pasi was not available to comment on the matter. Workers’ representatives were also not immediately available for comment.
However, ZIMRA has faced severe cash flow problems and last month failed to pay workers on time.
The strike has thrown operations at the country’s border posts into disarray, with Beitbridge – Zimbabwe’s largest border post, on the border with South Africa – the worst affected.
Customs clearing agents described long queues of both ordinary travellers and traders waiting to be cleared by the few senior workers who had reported for duty.
“I hope this is will be sorted out before the end of the day otherwise I will run into huge losses,” said one agent. – ZimOnline

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