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ZESA employees suspended over salary fight

ZESA employees suspended over salary fight

By Alex Bell
17 July 2012

More than 130 employees at the national power supply authority ZESA, have 
been suspended, after threatening to strike last week over the utility’s 
failure to award pay rises.

The Zimbabwe Energy Workers’ Union (ZEWU) a week ago issued an ultimatum to 
ZESA and other private players, to either meet their demands or face a 
nationwide strike. The workers want the salary increase that was meant to be 
awarded to them after a legal dispute in June.

ZEWU President Angeline Chitambo told journalists in Harare last week the 
Union grouping had resolved to embark on the strike, accusing ZESA chief 
executive Josh Chifamba of not honouring an arbitration order from last 
month. The order promised a new salary structure would be awarded to the 
energy sector on June 18th.

But instead of honouring the order, ZESA has suspended 132 employees without 
pay or benefits. The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ), which 
voiced solidarity with the energy workers, said: “Such a primitive and 
barbaric way of handling labour disputes, reminiscent of the colonial era, 
must be condemned with the contempt it deserves. We want to reiterate that 
these workers have a legitimate expectation which must be respected both as 
citizens and workers,” the PTUZ said. 


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