The Zimbabwe Diamond, Allied and Mineral Workers Union (ZDAMWU) says the 108% salary increase approved by the National Employment Council (NEC), Associated Mine Workers Union of Zimbabwe (AMWUZ) and the Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe (CMZ) on 19 May is too little.
ZDAMWU secretary-general, Justice Chinhema, on Monday said the salary increment is meaningless as long as it is in Zimbabwe dollars. Said Chinhema:
Even if they negotiate 500% — as long it is in local currency it is a non-starter because the only solution is a United States dollar salary.
These guys take mine workers for fools. There is a need for a petition to challenge this.
It did not come from the workers, and it’s not for the workers. AMWUZ doesn’t represent workers’ interests.
They have become part of the bourgeois class. Using the current official exchange rate, the minimum wage is US$360.
Under the recently approved salary structure, the lowest-paid mine worker will take home $93 074 up from $44 640 while the highest-paid mine worker will be getting $215 872 up from $103 535.
However, Chinhema said mine workers in other African countries like Ghana earned US$700 minimum wage. He said:
So the increase of the minimum wage is US$1 up to December 2022.
Rates change every week and we doubt that by December we will still be alive.
Cooking oil is now US$6 from US$3,50 for two litres. We need currency stability.
The new salary structure is for the period 1 April to 31 December 2022.