Kadoma workers demand pay hike
KADOMA City Council will today hold a crunch meeting with its workers who are demanding an immediate salary review.
This comes two weeks after scores of council workers downed tools, demonstrating against management’s decision to award itself education allowances of $13 000 while the general employees are getting $380.
The workers were also demanding the immediate ouster of town clerk Malvern Dondo, whom they accused of pocketing a hefty salary of about $30 000 while the least paid worker earns $585. They also accused him of splashing money on a fancy vehicle.
Armed police and those from the dog section were called to disperse the angry workers from the Town House.
Speaking to the Daily News, Kadoma Workers Union secretary-general Lenin Samhembere said they are holding a meeting today with the management because of the huge disparity in salaries and benefits He added that working conditions were pathetic.
“We are not happy with the unrealistic gap between management and shop floor employees’ salaries and benefits considering that we work for long hours from 8am to 11pm,” Samhembere said.
Contacted for comment, Dondo confirmed that there was a brief work stoppage where workers were demanding a salary increase. He, however, said the situation was now controlled, adding that the accusations against him were unfounded.