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Zimra workers strike

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ZIMBABWE Revenue Authority (Zimra) workers have given notice to go on strike on December 3 demanding better salaries and working conditions

, a development that is likely to plunge operations at the country’s border posts into chaos and cripple revenue collection.

The workers yesterday said they could embark on the strike as early as today after realising that their salaries, which were scheduled to have been deposited in their accounts, had not been reflected by last night.

Zimra workers want their salaries to go up by 5 000% but management says the revenue collection body can only afford a 200% hike as revenues have declined drastically following government’s controversial price blitz in July.

Last month the organisation failed to pay workers on time because it was broke.

In a circular to members of staff by Commissioner General Gershem Pasi recently, Zimra was said to be negotiating for more funding from its parent ministry, the Ministry of Finance.

Meanwhile, workers at Avenues Clinic have also threatened to go on strike because of poor salaries and working conditions.

The workers yesterday demanded a meeting with management to address their salaries that they wanted reviewed.

Some of the workers at the clinic who spoke to the Zimbabwe Independent said they would not be taking home any money this month after deductions on their salaries to cover medical aid shortfalls.

An employee at the clinic this month received a payslip reflecting $0,00 balance.

“I do not know how they expect me to survive when they give me a payslip indicating that I will not be getting any money from them,” the worker said.

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