Zesa workers demand 75% salary raise

Zesa workers demand 75% salary raise
Published: 23 January 2018 (275 Views)
Zesa workers are demanding an outrageous 75 percent increase in salaries and allowances across the board, a move that will almost double the power utility's monthly wage bill from the current $22 million, The Herald can reveal.

The workers also want an introduction of new allowances for every permanent employee, chief among them a five-day holiday for six family members at any three-star hotel, full school fees payment for up to four of the employees' children, "climate" and cellphone allowances.

Apart from unreasonably pushing up the wage bill, the demands, if met, will also have a heavy bearing on electricity consumers, as a tariff increase must be effected to cover additional costs on the payroll.

Zesa's revenue fluctuates between $53 million and $59 million monthly.

The workers, represented by the Zimbabwe Energy Workers Union (ZEWU) and National Energy Workers Union of Zimbabwe (NEWUZ), said most of their demands emanated from a 2012 collective bargaining agreement, which management defied.

Another union, Energy Sector Workers Union of Zimbabwe, has also come up with a host of demands, which they said should be implemented to "restore corporate legacy."

The lowest paid Zesa employee in grade A11 (a sweeper) is getting $940 (gross), while a junior engineer in grade D2 is getting $4 900.

Honouring the collective bargaining agreement will see Zesa paying a sweeper $1 043.

In their position paper to management dated January 10, the workers cited changes in "the macro-economic environment" as the basis for their demands.

They said a five-tier pricing system existing in the country had seen their salaries being eroded by more than 80 percent.

The workers said the last pay rise was in 2013.

"The macro-economic environment over the past three years has been on a progressive decline with the steepest price hikes being experienced in the last six months of 2017," reads the position paper prepared by ZEWU and NEWUZ.

"The rise in the cost of living has continued unabated and has reached alarming levels in recent weeks. One of the critical factors, which has led to the erosion of workers' salaries is the shortage of cash, be it bond notes or US dollars. To make matters worse, for one to access cash, one has to sleep at a bank and get less than $50 or get it on the black market where charges have escalated to more than 80 percent, especially for US dollars."

Added the workers: "This undoubtedly has led to the salaries of workers being depreciated by more than 80 percent, as most of them have no access to cash and they will either use swipe or EcoCash price, which is higher than the bond or US dollar price."

The workers said the new stipends they wanted introduced included driving, locality, electricity benefit for contract workers, climate, clothing, danger and holiday allowances for every worker.

They also want an increase in existing allowances.

These include non-pensionable allowance (by 20 percent), housing (15 percent), retention allowance (10 percent), responsibility allowance (15 percent), transport allowance (from $70 to $160), and canteen allowance (from $25 to $120).

They also want overtime to be calculated using "actual, not basic earnings."

In a letter to Zesa Holdings chief executive Engineer Josh Chifamba, ESWUZ, which had threatened job action yesterday, said: "Allowances bargained for in 2009, i.e, tools, switching, locality, to name just a few were varied or removed without explanation and awarded to managers in D3 and above who were not covered by the scope of negotiations."

The union accused management of bankrolling political activities and issuing free electricity benefit to all Ministry of Energy and Power Development officials at an "irrecoverable cost to the public."

Yesterday's planned job action flopped as it was declared "illegal" by management.

Zesa said it failed to honour the CBA due to financial incapacity, as it had incurred "great" losses in the past six years.

- the herald

Tags: Zesa, Salary, Workers,
 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

'Zimbabwe polls were meant to start new era'

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 77 Views

Police 'cooked up documents used to drag Biti from Zambia

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 75 Views

'Punish Zimbabwe's rogue soldiers'

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 65 Views

Tshinga Dube won't let go

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 97 Views

Electoral outcome predetermined

by Maxwell Sibanda | 18 August 2018 | 54 Views

General Valerio Sibanda issued statement under duress, says Mutsekwa

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 70 Views

Grace Mugabe enjoying life

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 60 Views

Mnangagwa splashes over $1 million on new limo

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 59 Views

Chivayo, Kadungure in trouble

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 51 Views

'Biti acted illegally'

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 67 Views

'Poop at my doorstep'

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 61 Views

Church leader wanted sex

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 71 Views

Mliswa under attack for visiting Johane Masowe shrine

by Simbarashe Sithole | 18 August 2018 | 81 Views

Kofi Annan dies

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 63 Views

Exposed Chief's wife goes berserk threatening all and sundry!

by Concerned Murowa Ward Community | 18 August 2018 | 120 Views

'Senzeni na' guitarist dies

by Stephen Jakes | 18 August 2018 | 87 Views

Chiwenga's trip to Russia suspicious

by Stephen Jakes | 18 August 2018 | 158 Views

Nkayi youths train on active citizenship

by Stephen Jakes | 18 August 2018 | 67 Views

Inside Chamisa's Campaign

by Sam Wezhira | 18 August 2018 | 124 Views

Nkomo pledges to donate to Gwampa ECD

by Stephen Jakes | 18 August 2018 | 58 Views

Chief Justice gives Chamisa deadline

by Staff Reporter | 18 August 2018 | 92 Views

Grace Mugabe 'fake' degree gets UZ vice-chancellor suspended

by Staff Reporter | 18 August 2018 | 69 Views

Zimbabwe police warns against illegal gatherings

by Staff Reporter | 18 August 2018 | 59 Views

Chamisa is not a factor in parliament, which is good

by Igomombe | 18 August 2018 | 81 Views

'Con-Court must be free to decide,' says Chiwenga

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 65 Views

Chamisa in dilemma

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 100 Views

Prophet blew cover on $1m gold theft

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 62 Views

'Proving poll rigging allegations an uphill task'

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 60 Views

Man in 'fiery revenge'

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 61 Views

Trapped artisanal miner dies after five days in mine

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 46 Views

WATCH: Donel Mangena back in Bulawayo

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 46 Views

High court reverses AFM church evictions

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 57 Views

Zimbabwean breaks SA wine auction record

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 52 Views

'No valid application before the court'

by Priscilla Makanyara Chigumba | 18 August 2018 | 73 Views

Challenges for Chamisa's SA lawyers

by Staff reporter | 18 August 2018 | 57 Views