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ZBC fails to pay worker on time again

Authoritative sources yesterday said the workers were supposed to get their salaries and bonuses before the Christmas holiday.

They said what irked most workers was that they only found out that they had not been paid when they visited their respective banks.

The national broadcaster only paid a handful of workers.

“Some workers were paid and that is true but I can confirm that personally I did not receive both my salary and bonus”, said one worker.

“The top officials did not even make an effort to communicate the reason why they failed to pay our salaries. All they did was to wish us a merry Christmas”.

ZBC public relationsmanager Sivhukile Simango refused to comment.

“The issue of salaries at (ZBC) is an in-house affair to the workers and the employer and The Standard should take note that we will never discuss the issue of our workers salaries with you”.

According to one worker, only drivers and general workers received their salaries. Most of worker had a bleak Christmas and are likely to face a more unpleasant New Year.

“It is demoralising to note that up until now we are not paid and the top management decided to pay the lowly ranked workers, which means they prioritise them and  are taking us for granted,” said one middle management worker.

The worker said management was not only failing to pay workers in time but always threatening them with dismissal whenever they raised issues regarding salaries and welfare.

Most ZBC workers last year got their October salaries two weeks late in November after they threatened to go on industrial action.

Sources at the national broadcaster said ZBC was facing financial glitches because of misplaced priorities.

They said instead of paying workers good salaries on time, management was awarding themselves huge loans for houses and stands at the expense of other priorities.

Senior managers are also earning obscene salaries and allowances although the company has antiquated broadcasting equipment. Technicians have perfected the art of “cannibalism” to make things happen at the sole national broadcaster.

ZBC chief executive officers threatened to sue The Standard in November when the newspaper first exposed the rot at the institution.

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