Gweru fails to pay bonuses

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Gweru City Council did not pay the 13th cheque to its employees last December as the municipality continues to be dogged by financial constraints, which saw it failing to pay workers their salaries on time last year.

Stephen Chadenga
Own Correspondent

The workers have also not been paid their December salaries raising fears that they might face challenges in meeting the needs of their schoolgoing children when the first term opens in 10 days time.

Workers who spoke to Southern Eye on condition of anonymity yesterday said they were not sure when they would get paid as management had remained mum on the issue of bonuses as well as salaries.

“We are in a dilemma. We were told that bonuses would be sorted, but it’s now January and we haven’t received the 13th cheque let alone December salaries.

“It’s not clear when we will be paid the both that salaries and the bonus,” said one worker.

Another worker said council used to send memos on the delays in making payments but would not give a time frame on when they expected to pay salaries.

“They have now adopted a tight-lipped attitude. Nobody is sure when the bonuses will be paid or whether the money to pay is there or not,” another worker said.

Both town clerk Daniel Matawu and his assistant, Tapiwa Marerwa, were yesterday unavailable for comment.

But mayor Hamutendi Kombayi said he was still to get the correct state of affairs regarding the payment of bonuses and salaries.

“I am still to get a correct picture regards payments of workers’ bonuses as well as December salaries,” he said.

Since the beginning of this year, council has been struggling to provide adequate services and to pay its workers as a result of deteriorating working capital.