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Zimbabwe Farm Workers Appeal To Labor Minister For Better Wages

About 25 representatives of farm workers from Zimbabwe's Mashonaland West Province besieged the office of Labor Minister Nicholas Goche last week demanding to know why wage talks were taking so long and to press for a review of wages.

The farm workers now earn just $32,000 a month - less than US$2 - compared with official estimates that a family of six needs Z$800,000 to make ends meet.

In a meeting last week between officials of the General Agriculture and Plantation Workers Union of Zimbabwe, the National Employment Council for Agriculture, and farm employers, it was resolved that wages should be raised to $96,000.

Farm workers union official David Mutambirwa told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the union supports the ministry lobbying by its members because agricultural employers are not taking negotiations seriously.

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