Mine workers strike over $1,2 million wage dispute
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Tuesday 20th August, 2013 on Newsday
KADOMA — Workers at a gold mine, the centre of a wrangle between Jamson Rushwaya and businessman Patterson Timba, have downed tools over an alleged outstanding $1,2 million wage bill. More than 300 employees of Tolrose Mine downed tools on Sunday after management, led by Rushwaya, allegedly refused to pay workers “contingency money” for them to meet basic daily needs. National Mine Workers’ Union of Zimbabwe (NMWUZ) president Tinashe Magwira confirmed the standoff at the mine and accused management of being insensitive to the workers’ plight.
“Our members at the mine have gone on strike owing to unpaid salaries and wages and a very insensitive management which has refused to feel for its suffering workers,” said Magwira. NMWUZ said workers at the mine had not receiving salaries since 2011.
“The workers have been very understanding and (have been) waiting for their money for almost three years. Recently they approached management and pleaded to have at least minimum payouts of $80 per month while the company got back on track, but that plea fell on deaf ears, leading to this strike,” said Magwira.
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