WASHINGTON DC —
Chitungwiza municipal workers are continuing with a crippling strike after they failed to reach an agreement with the local authority Tuesday over salary arrears backdating to 2013.
The two sides could not reach the agreement before labour officials in Harare, who have been drawn into the salary dispute for arbitration.
Chitungwiza workers’ spokesman Reverend Ephraim Katsina says the employers refused to entertain them insisting that they must go back to work because their industrial action is illegal.
Katsina says the labour officer was now compiling his recommendations to send them to the labour minister.
Studio 7 failed to get a comment from Chitungwiza mayor Philip Mutoti and Town Clerk George Makunde as their mobile phones were not being answered.
But Reverend Katsina, who claims the police were looking for him says they will be soon seeking an audience with top government officials in order for them to be heard.
Chitungwiza Residents Trust spokesman Marvellous Khumalo said even though the strike is affecting them because of uncollected trash and burst sewer and water pipes, they support the workers’ cause.