Tanaka Nyambo, H-Metro Reporter
HARARE City Council yesterday announced measures that they were taking to cushion their employees.
This is after the rising cost of living and the various hardships they were facing.
A joint Human Resources and General Purposes Committee/Finance Committee meeting was held recently were Council considered the outcomes of the Arbitral awards for Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) for the year 2018 as well as Hardship/ Cushioning Allowance for 2019.
Human resources and general purposes committee (HRGPC) chairperson Councillor Jacob Mafume said, “The ruling on COLA 2018 comes at the backdrop of negotiations done between the Employee party and the Employer party which was aimed at reviewing salaries for year 2018.
“The Hardship Allowance negotiations were also conducted on the premises of the current economic hardships that are being experienced by City of Harare employees and the nation in general.
“In particular, the Hardship Allowance is an interim measure meant to cushion employees from the current harsh economic environment pending conclusion of negotiations for 2019 COLA.”
Mafume said they resolved to give their employees hardship allowance for them to be able to survive in this economy.
“Following the joint HRGPC meeting, council resolved to honour the arbitral awards by paying the six percent COLA for 2018 and ZWL$125 hardship allowance in line with the outcome of the arbitral awards.
“The resolution by the HRGPC/Finance Committee to honour the awards is in recognition of the hardships that the employees are currently undergoing as a result of the economic challenges,” he said.
Mafume also appreciated the patience of the council workers who were still reporting for work whilst the fuel prices had increased.