Some voluntary workers at the Municipality of Marondera have demanded a salary hike saying their current earnings have been eroded by inflation.
In a letter directed to Marondera Mayor Chengetai Murowa seen by this paper, the workers asked for an increment from their current $15 per day.
The workers also bemoaned victimisation from councillors accusing some of them of firing workers who they perceive are against them.
In Marondera Central each Councillor provides workers from their respective wards on a contract basis with most MDC supporters being contracted as the opposition party dominates eleven out of twelve wards.
Some of the staff does work every day thereby earning an average of $450 per month while others do not work during weekends hence earning an average of $300.
Council Workers Committee Chairperson Christopher Muza said the voluntary workers have no obligation to demand an increment.
“The voluntary workers come from the wards and whatever the appreciation they get that is it. They do not demand because everything is inscribed on a document that they signed. The voluntary workers do join council on a rotational basis,” he said.
Marondera Mayor Chengetai Murowa also refuted the claims of reviewing the earnings.
“We have three groups of workers in this town that is the permanent workers, contract workers and food for work workers. We have since reviewed both the contract and permanent workers’ salaries and those who do voluntary work,” he said.
The voluntary workers are deployed in the security, clamping and general hand departments.
After retrenching workers in 2016, government ordered the local authority to apply for any vacancies to the parent ministry. This resulted in the creation of the ‘food for work’ team which has since been politicised.