THE long-standing 2012 salary dispute between workers and Zesa Holdings is set to be resolved soon after employees made their presentations before the High Court.
National Energy Workers’ Union of Zimbabwe secretary-general Thomas Masvingwe told Southern Eye on the sidelines of a training workshop in Gweru that anytime soon the High Court would make its ruling on the matter.
“Since 2012, the employer has deliberately refused to follow the law in the pending wage dispute, but anytime soon the High Court will make its ruling,” Masvingwe said.
The salary row arose after the power utility disregarded implementing new wages agreed in the 2012 collective bargaining agreement.
Zesa workers were awarded the arbitration, but the power utility approached the High Court for redress.
“We have been fighting that employees get their award since the employer deliberately showed signs of not wanting to pay. Instead they have been diverting the money elsewhere,” he said.
Energy and Power Development minister Dzikamai Mavhaire promised at the beginning of his tenure that his ministry would address the salary issue.
Masvingwe said workers hoped that the “issue would be tackled once and for all” for their benefit as they had been patient for a long time.