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THE Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has taken Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor John Mangudya head-on over his push for a moratorium on pay hikes which he claimed would help revive the country’s faltering economy.

In a statement, ZCTU secretary general Japhet Moyo said the federation met Mangudya who claimed that “he was not properly quoted and that he was only giving aice to the government”.

“The ZCTU does not agree with this sentiment because no aice is given publicly and his monetary policy statement was aimed at the whole nation and it, therefore, reflects the government thinking,” Moyo said.

Mangudya was quoted saying there should be no wage increases in government. He also urged the private sector take similarly put-off any salary increases until the economy improves.

But the workers union said it was of the opposite view.

“The meeting with the governor agreed that the issue of wage freeze be referred to the Tripartite Negotiation Forum (TNF) for deliberation as this is the rightful forum for such issues,” said Moyo.

“The Governor also agreed that in future, he will consult labour before making his monetary statement.

“During the meeting, the ZCTU demanded the implementation of the Kadoma Declaration, audit of government workers to remove ghost workers, conducting of a National Salary Survey to address wage and salary inequity as we believe the gap between management and workers is too big.

“The survey should be done in government, parastatals and the private sector.”

The ZCTU said government should re-look at the country’s taxation regime as they believe taxes are too high.

“Enactment of a law that protects whistle-blowers as workers have been victimized for reporting corruption at workplaces,” Moyo added.

Source : New Zimbabwe