Govt promises to fix ZBC problems

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HARARE – The labour unrest at the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) took centre stage in the National Assembly yesterday, with legislators challenging responsible ministries, to sort out the mess at the national broadcaster.

Supa Mandiwanzira, Media information and Broadcasting Services deputy minister was asked to explain what was happening at the national broadcaster, following a Daily News expose that workers had embarked on a hunger strike over non-payment of salaries.

Mandiwanzira was standing in for minister Jonathan Moyo, who was tied up at his party’s politburo meeting.
Gift Chimanikire, an MDC MP said: “There are press reports ZBC workers are on hunger strike, and we eagerly want to know what is government policy on workers bargaining in view of the strike happening at ZBC?”

Mandiwanzira said his ministry was going to get to the bottom of the matter.

“We are concerned on what is happening and we have taken note of the press reports about the developments at ZBC,” Mandiwanzira said. “We are going to be engaging the ZBC board, management and workers representatives and all stakeholders to find out what is happening. We cannot allow that situation to happen at the national broadcaster and we shall be briefing   Parliament on our findings.”

This week some workers at ZBC workers embarked on a three-day spiritual fast in a move aimed at unlocking their unpaid salaries.

ZBC employees have gone from April without salaries at a time their bosses are said to be earning about $20 000-a-month each while driving top-of-the-range Mercedes Benz vehicles and Toyota V8 vehicles.

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