Slave wages at Harare Club

Harare Club has a rich history that dates back to the 1890s, but despite its grand appearance, those employed there under Clerk of Parliament, Austin Zvoma, earn slave wages of $60 a month.

The low salaries have forced most to leave, with an estimated 100 workers having left since 2008.

“It is both an honour and a curse to work here,” said one worker who had stayed the course. “The place has a history, but the present is a nightmare. We cannot make it with $60 a month, but again we do not have an option for where else would we go?”

The poverty datum line wage stands at around $500 a month. Harare Club Secretary, Mike Chan, would not comment on the matter, saying he was not at liberty to discuss the matter. He referred questions to Club Chairperson, Zvoma.

“I’m not allowed to comment, if you need a comment, contact Mr Zvoma,” Chan said.

When contacted for comment Zvoma was evasive.

Although the club has a workers union, those employed there labelled it useless. Investigations conducted by The Zimbabwean revealed that only 10 workers earned full salaries while the rest (45), including cooks, cleaners and security guards earn the miserly $60.

“It’s difficult to make ends meet, especially when you consider that you have to fend for your family, pay rent and commute to work,” said an employee.

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