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HUNDREDS of Grain Marketing Board (GMB) workers, who have virtually made company headquarters in Harare their home, sleeping outside the locked gates, went home empty handed on Saturday but vowed to return Monday.

Management had promised to pay their outstanding salaries by Saturday but that did not happen, workers said.

The disgruntled workers from various depots across the country told Newzimbabwe.com that they will be back at the company offices as from Monday until they are paid their outstanding six months salaries.

Workers union secretary David Chigogo said management has been playing hide and seek with the workers hence the decision to camp at the headquarters to speak with one voice.

“Management does not want to meet workers but will just circulate memos and we have since discovered that all that communication is deceit”.

“When we had our first sit-in first week of February management promised to pay our outstanding salaries by end of February but since then nothing has happened”.

Chigogo said workers agreed to go back to their stations after management promised to pay their outstanding salaries in batches splitting it into two instalments.

At the beginning of this year the GMB management forced workers to go on a two week unpaid leave, a move rejected by the workers and upheld by the labour court.

At one point management wanted to pay the workers with packs of 50 kg maize grain, a move the workers rejected saying it was an insult.

GMB has a workforce of about 3 600 workers country wide.

On the other hand the GMD owes farmers about $52 million for maize deliveries from the last season harvest.

Source : New Zimbabwe