Heads role over 13th cheque

Forty three council workers have been suspended for staging a demonstration to push for November salaries and an annual bonus.

Last week the workers gathered at Town House to demonstrate against the delay of their November salaries and also in protest of the council’s announcement that they would not be paid bonuses. The city fathers said council coffers were dry.

Zimbabwe Urban Council Workers Union branch secretary general, Kudakwashe Munengiwa said the move was unacceptable and violated the rights of workers. Among the suspended workers is the chairperson of the body, Robson Kilimboi.

Sources at the council told The Zimbabwean that the move was aimed at silencing the workers from demanding their dues.

“The management simply wants to instil fear among the workers so that they will not demand what they have toiled for,” said the source.

The council management was accused of awarding councillors and the top brass hefty allowances while saying it had no money to pay workers. Councillors who travelled to South Africa recently were reportedly given allowances of over $1 000 a day.

Though Town Clerk Daniel Matau was not available for comment, Mayor Tedious Chimombe could not shed more light.

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