- June 22, 2020
- Posted in LOCAL
Associated Mine Workers Union of Zimbabwe (AMWUZ) and the Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe will soon be meeting for the second quarter salary review negotiations.
So far the basic minimum wage for the mining industry workers is pegged at ZW$3,450.
AMWUZ president Mr. Tinago Ruzive confirmed to Mining Zimbabwe the imminent engagement with the Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe (CoMZ).
“Currently, l am not at liberty to comment, but we are engaging the Chamber of Mines very soon over the issue of salaries.”
In the previous quarter, January to March this year, AMWUZ and CoMZ struck a deal that saw salaries in the mining sector being almost tripled.
The previous salary adjustment was based on the dollar value principle for those miners who were paying above the minimum due to various reasons or merit.
Zimbabwe has had to grapple with quarterly salary adjustments in the wake of the resurfacing of the hyperinflationary environment after the government dropped a multi-currency system in June 2019 opting for local currency.
Against this background, since its reintroduction, the Zimbabwe dollar has continued to onerously lose value against the greenback.
Official data from the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) show that the year-on-year inflation was last month pegged at 785,5%.
Meanwhile, the government has raised salaries of its restive workers by 50% and awarded them a non-taxable monthly allowance of US$75 after nurses at public hospitals picketed protesting poor salaries.
According to the new salary structure, pensioners will also get a monthly Covid-19 allowance of US$30.
Treasury has indicated that the move to adjust the public service salaries was motivated by its commitment to relentlessly review and improve the remuneration framework for its workforce on account of the prevailing transitory economic challenges that have been worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic.