By Daniel Chigundu
The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has dismissed social media claims that its workers have embarked on an industrial action due to incapacitation caused by the economic meltdown in the country.
Most workers in the country have circulated their notice for industrial action demanding better wages and cushion from the unreasonable transport prices.
Among those statements that have circulated includes one that purports to be from Zimra workers.
However, the country’s chief revenue collector disputed the alleged industrial action through a statement.
“Contrary to reports that are circulating on some social and digital media platforms, Zimra remains open for business as a provider of essential public service.
Management is currently engaging its worker representatives to find ways to mitigate the challenges of the current economic situation to staff.
“In the event that the public faces challenges in accessing any of our offices for any desired services, please contact us on [email protected] or on our WhatsApp number +263782729862,” said the statement.
Most workers in Zimbabwe are being paid through RTGs and Bond Notes, but these two forms of “money” have lost value against the US dollar prompting retailers and service providers to hike their prices.
This has seen workers demanding an upward review of their salaries and allowances, last week government brew a shocker when offered its workers a mere 10 percent increase which has not been received.
Government workers through the Apex Council have given two weeks notice for industrial action if government does not improve its offer and match the demanded minimum wage of $1700 per month.