DIAMOND MINE WORKERS CONTINUE WITH US DOLLAR DEMANDS DESPITE SI.142
Written by yafmnews on July 1, 2019
The Zimbabwe Diamond and Allied Minerals Workers’ Union (ZDAMWU) says it has not changed its position on the remuneration of diamond mine workers in US dollars because the industry’s products are sold in similar currency.
In a telephone interview with Great dyke News’ Steven Mawarire, ZDAMWU Secretary General Justice Chinhema said the union’s position in terms of salaries has not been changed by S.I 142.
Last month ZDAMWU has written to the National Employment Council for the mining industry, requesting an urgent meeting to consider salary adjustments to cushion the workers. The letter also indicated that the union was concerned about the current state of the economy and hardships being faced by workers in the industry, despite the industry being the backbone of the country in terms of foreign currency generation.
The Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe, GMAZ says the on-going load shedding exercise is becoming a production cost, as millers are forced to produce less volumes at usual costs.
GMAZ Chairperson Tafadzwa Musarara says some are experiencing a lot of downtime due to the blackouts.
He added that if the power challenges and related production costs persist it could end up having an effect on the final price to the consumer.
Government is seeking imports from Mozambique and South Africa to reduce the power deficit, which has led to load shedding.
National Aids Council has urged more private schools to take part in HIV & AIDS Awareness campaigns.
Speaking to Great Dyke News at a Better Schools Program (B.S.P.Z) quiz competition last week, NAC Zvishavane District Aids Coordinator, Dennis Jaravani said the Council is using a multi- sectoral approach in the fight against HIV and AIDS and everyone has a role to play.
The programme was running under the theme “Know Your Status – My Status -My Health – My Life.
Eleven clusters took part in the quiz competition and Urban 2 Cluster Representatives Marian Junior School walked away victors.