IN an article published on Thursday, April 13, headed “Journalists go on strike”, the Herald reported that journalists working at the Zimbabwe Independent newspapers group went on strike on Wednesday in connection with wage demands.
The article claimed that Zimbabwe Independen
t group publisher Trevor Ncube was at the meeting where the two parties failed to agree.
It also claimed board member Beatrice Mtetwa was “strongly criticised” by the journalists for being “insensitive to the plight of workers at both institutions”.
The Herald report further claimed group chief executive officer Raphael Khumalo refused to meet the workers to discuss their concerns.
In fact Mr Khumalo together with board member Mike Curling met a workers’ delegation on Wednesday to discuss pay and conditions at the newspaper group. Neither Mr Ncube nor Mrs Mtetwa were present at those discussions.
At no stage was there any strike. The delay in the appearance of the Zimbabwe Independent on Thursday morning was caused by congestion at the printer where two papers were being printed. Both the Zimbabwe Independent and Standard are publishing as advertised. – Management.