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Zimbabwe: Mine workers join agitation for US Dollars salaries

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Zimbabwe mine sector workers have joined the nation’s junior medical doctors in asking that their salaries be paid in American dollars, and that their pay should also be in line with regional counterparts in the mining sector.

They complain of being underpaid by employers and that the minerals they produce are purchased with U.S. Dollars.  They see no reason why they should be paid in the country’s devalued bond note.

Secretary-general of the Zimbabwe diamond and Allied Minerals Workers Union, justice, says although the miners are the country’s key foreign currency earner, they are “among the country’s lowest paid workers.”  He described the sector as labor intensive, high risk, and hazardous to health.

He called for policies that would promote and protect labor rights.  He called for dialogue to resolve the issues between the parties.

Source: ANN

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