Business stops at Tongaat Hulett as 30,000 employees go on wage strike

CHIREDZI – Business at Tongaat Hulett Zimbabwe has grounded to a halt after some 30,000 employees who include contract workers have downed tools in protest over the sugar maker’s failure to fulfil promises to review their wages quarterly.

The workers were promised an inflation adjusted wage review September this year but management has failed to follow through.

According to inside sources, the current strike is however unlikely to immediately affect sugar supply situation in the country with the company said to have anticipated the job action through maximising production of stock in the past few weeks.

One of the workers who spoke to ZimLive on condition of anonymity decried how Tongaat Hulett Zimbabwe has robbed employees of a jovial holiday by failing to review wages.

“Our salaries are reviewed quarterly in line with the prevailing inflationary trends; this September company management however, did not review our salaries as they promised.

“We feel this was insensitive for the company management not to review our current salaries that have been eroded by inflation during the festive season.

“The holiday season should be a time for us to spend and enjoy quality time with our loved ones,” the worker said.

Attempts to reach Tongaat Hulett Zimbabwe communications manager were futile as her phone rang unanswered; neither did she respond to phone messages sent to her.

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