STRIKING workers at Zimbabwe’s major museums have forced the galleries to close their doors to the public since Monday this week, demanding better salaries and working conditions.
The workers are protesting over low salarie
s that range between $30 000 and $50 000 a month.
According to the Consumer Council of Zimbabwe (CCZ) a family of five needs about $300 000 a month to survive.
The regional director for the National Museums and Monuments, Rudo Sithole, however expressed ignorance over the strike when contacted for comment.
“I am not aware that there is a strike going on. All our workers reported for work today,” she said.
But acting executive director of Museums, Praude Rogers, confirmed that the workers had not reported for work but was quick to dismiss reports that it was connected to salaries.
“The whole thing had nothing to do with salaries but was about their transport allowances. We are a parastatal wholly funded by the Treasury and there is no ways we can pay the workers,” Rogers said.
“We raised the issue about transport and housing allowances with the parent ministry and the matter was then forwarded to Treasury. At the moment the matter is still under discussion.” — Staff Writer.