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A HARARE recycling company has angered its contract workers by offering them a basic salary of between $1,50 and $5 per month, which they were to supplement with a commission from selling its products.

Dozens of disgruntled workers staged a demonstration against the Zimbabwe National Recycling Programme, an indigenous company that had contracted them to sell plastic bags to city households for use as bins.

The company has benefited from the Harare City Council’s failure to provide bins for household use.

The 78 workers, who congregated at Chembira hall in Glen Norah high density suburb Tuesday to protest the ridiculous salaries, accused the company for going back on its earlier promises to offer them a decent salary.

“When we were contracted, we were told that on top of the commission was a basic salary which we were going to get but this is not what is happening. How can I get $1.50 for the whole month? Is that realistic?” said one of the workers.

The plastic bags cost 25 cents each while the worker pocket 20 percent of the proceeds.

“We spent the whole month walking door to door selling the plastic bags. We even risked our lives to residents who suspected us of being employees of the Harare city council selling products which should be supplied freely to them by the local authority, only to be given $2.50 at the end of the month,” said another disgruntled worker, who identified herself as Tindo.

“We sold a lot of plastics and remitted the revenue and we do not see the reason why they have decided to insult us by giving us a salary which is less than $5?” Tinashe Mugodhi, another disgruntled worker said.

“We were asked to pay $10 for medical check-ups and security clearance before we signed employment contracts and now they are giving us a salary which is less that the amount they took from us. Is this possible?” said an elderly woman who looked despaired.

However, one of the company’s managers, Bethel Kadzimu denied the company had offered to pay the workers the said amounts although she could not immediately reveal the exact salaries.

Kadzimu said the affected workers had been made aware of some of the terms and conditions of their employment before they were asked to commit themselves to their contracts.

“The contracts of their employment are clear,” she said, “They were told that they were going to get a commission of what they would have sold. But I am not saying they are going to be given the $2 they are saying and I do not know where they got that information from.

“At the moment, I am compiling my data base which I will send to the company director who will verify and give me the go ahead to process their pay.”

Efforts to get comment from the company’s director, one Matimba, were fruitless as his mobile phone went on unanswered in several attempts.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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