Domestic workers’ wages reviewed

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Government has reviewed salaries of domestic workers to $500 from $170.

This was revealed by deputy Labour minister Lovemore Matuke during a question and answer session in the Senate last week while responding to a question from MDC Senator Theresa Makone.

Makone had asked whether the government felt that with the current hardships being faced by Zimbabweans, the $160 salary gazzetted a fortnight ago would be enough for domestic workers to eke a decent living.

“The truth is that domestic workers earn $500 and government is in the process of reviewing it with a view to improve on that. The Gazette being referred to was actually delayed so it has been overtaken by events,” Matuke said.

According to a Government Gazette published a fortnight ago, President Emmerson Mnangagwa had promulgated a Statutory Instrument 37 of 2020 setting the minimum wages for domestic workers in the country.

The Statutory Instrument sets minimum wage for a gardener at $160 per month, while for a cook or housekeeper (informally referred to as a maid) was set at $168.48.

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