town house 04-08-10.jpgWorkers from the Harare City Council Water Department have once again downed tools amid claims that the local authority has reneged on the earlier agreed remuneration structure.

Mr Kenias Chiwuzhe, who is the president of the workers’ union representing the more than 2 000 workers from the city council’s water department, said after holding several meetings with council authorities, they have failed to reach common ground.

The workers claimed that even after winning a labour arbitration case where council was directed to pay workers Long Service Awards, education and housing allowances, council has not done so.

Harare City Council Public Relations Manager, Mr Leslie Gwindi admitted that negotiations with the workers from the water department have broken down after failing to reach a consensus, hence the industrial action.

The workers were transferred from the Zimbabwe National Water Authority (ZINWA) to city council as per government directive on January 29, 2009.

The Harare City Council undertook to carry their salary bill in full.

However the workers say council has not honoured its agreement.