workers day.jpgWorking conditions and workers’ salaries have once again come under the spotlight as the country commemorated May Day yesterday  amid calls for a lasting solution to employees’ concerns both in the private and public sectors.

 

 
Zimbabwe’s economy which is slowly emerging from the woods is still faced with lack of spending due to lack of disposable income given the insufficient salaries which the majority of workers are earning.

 

 The situation has left the demand side of the local economy in dire need of interventions as  fiscal authorities have concentrated on the supply side.

Finance Minister Mr Tendai Biti recently announced a salary freeze for civil servants an issue which is not inline with his boss as workers face an increase in the  cost of living of around US$ 400 for a family of six.

Business consultant Mr. Sani Mabheju believes presently the economy which is still on the recovery path can not sustain high wage bills hence the need for workers to understand the obtaining challenging economic climate.

 

 
Zimbabwe’s situation is by no means peculiar given the financial crisis facing most emerging economies which has left industries across the world in a more difficult position.

 

Another Business Consultant Mr. Willie Ganda say one sure way of stimulating demand is to adopt Expansionary policies which include investing in infrastructure development thereby creating jobs and increasing production levels which in the end  translate into more disposable income for workers.

The improved economic climate in Zimbabwe after the adoption of Multi -currency system is a clear testimony that though challenges might seems insurmountable on face value they can be overcome by clear and sound policies.

 

There is high optimism that as government continues to implement various macro -policies demand will be stimulated and that there will be more disposable income for workers.

 

But for now workers have to exercise patience as government and industry continue on cash budgeting.

 

One politician famous for his Khiya Khiya economic policies concluded that, ‘We have  to eat what we gather’.