Labour unions deplore obscene salaries

via Labour unions deplore obscene salaries – The Standard January 26, 2014 by Phyllis Mbanje

WORKERS’ representative bodies have roundly condemned the huge salaries earned by bosses at the Premier Service Medical Aid Society (Psmas) and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) saying they were “immoral” as they were in sharp contrast with the paltry salaries most employees were getting.

It has emerged Psmas chief executive officer, Cuthbert Dube  and ZBC boss Happison Muchechetere earned US$230 000 and US$27 000 per month respectively.

At the same time, employees at the national broadcaster went for over six months without pay with Dube as chairman of the ZBC board. At PSMAS, he was getting a salary of US$230 000 per month, which loosely translated to overUS$10 000 per day and about US$1 300 per hour.

The Medical Workers Union (Mpawuz) said it was deeply concerned that some Psmas bosses were taking home as much as US$200 000 in salaries per month.

“This is morally reprehensible considering the meagre Psmas employees are earning,” reads part of the statement from Mpawuz.
The union said there were bound to be other bosses who were still to be exposed, especially in the private sector where salaries were not regulated.

The union said in the face of such huge salaries, it would soon press for salaries no less than US$800 per month for ordinary workers.
“We cannot continue to allow 14 top executives to earn US$1,1 million per month more than the total amount of what hundreds of Psmas employees are earning,” said the union.

Also mired in the salary scam is Psmas’s former finance manager, Ernest Gwinyai who earned a basic salary of US$200 000 a month while group operations executive, Enock Chitekedza was getting US$122 000 per month.

There were eight other senior executives who were earning basic salaries of US$60 000 per month while three middle managers were paid US$30 000, US$22 000 and US$15 000 each.

Pmawuz said if the bosses’ salaries were cut to “reasonable levels” the medical aid society would afford to award its lowest paid employees’ salaries above US$1 200 per month.

Probe parastatal executives’ salaries: ZCTU

Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), the country’s largest worker representative body, has called on government to institute a probe into salaries of parastatal executives in the country.

“We are calling on the government to start probing salaries of parastatal executives because the case is not only about the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and Psmas, but all parastatals have become looting grounds,” said the union.

It said it was alarmed by the hefty salaries for executives at Psmas considering that the society owed service providers as much as US$38 million.

“Over the years we have been calling for the rationalisation of executive salaries and those of ordinary workers but this has fallen on deaf ears across the industry,” said the labour body.

The union also said the salaries of executives both in the private and public sector must be made public for transparency and accountability.
Independent economist, Christopher Mugaga said it was unfortunate that the executives were awarding themselves such salaries in the face of abject poverty.

“How do you explain a scenario where someone will award himself such unusual levels of salaries in a country where there is a sea of poverty,” said Mugaga. “The honourable thing for Cuthbert Dube to do is to step down from Psmas. I am sure crazy salaries for Dube and Muchechetere are just a tip of the iceberg.”

Civil servants also lashed out at the executives whom they described as selfish and called on the government to adopt salary guidelines.
President of the Public Service Association, Cecilia Alexander said government should closely monitor state enterprises.
“We are disappointed as workers and people who contribute to PSMAS,” she said.

Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (Zimta) chief executive officer Sifiso Ndlovu said there was urgent need to carry out a complete overhaul of the administration at PSMAS. He said the current administration was “questionable”.

“The issue of salaries needs to be regularised at all public institutions,” said Ndlovu.

PSMAS has since resolved to cut the salaries of Dube and some senior managers.


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    John Thomas 8 years ago

    Will the union leaders and officials please tell us about their salaries and perks. Can we please see some audited accounts. What has happened to the the various pension funds? These people are traitors and crooks, parasites on society as bed as the politicians and their placement in the parastatals and NGO’s

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    In most countries the labour unions would have mobilizes the suffering workers to take to the streets to overthrow this disgusting regime. But in mugabeland they don’t walk the talk. Too busy at useless workshops

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    these are hyenas. they have stollen from you zimbabweans. that money is not theirs. It is money that was supposed to build clinics and hopsitals and the buying of drugs. They should be in jail.

    Putin in Russia put all such thugs in jail and today Russia is an economic giant bcoz it took back all stollen money into government. arrest them yesterdy.investigate all institutions and the leader of government – you will be surprised

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      Nintalan 8 years ago

      So obscene salaries are unearthed and it is blamed on the salary recipients? Yes these salaries are basically theft of public money, and Dube and his mates know that, but they are benefiting from a criminal patronage system created and managed by their rulers. The rot goes right back to the head (RGM) where it started.

      Can’t the people of Zimbabwe see this? And if they do are they too gutless to do something about it? Why aren’t the ZCTU and other representative groups out in the streets demanding action?

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    Stardust 8 years ago

    Government should legislate only, not go into business away weigh all the parastatals. Let the bosses be answerable to investors..
    Government role dhof extend to taxation to then tax and redistribute to ministries to aid fiscal policy .. We need young minds to correct this mess…

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    Stardust 8 years ago

    Government should legislate only, not go into business away with all the parastatals. Let the bosses be answerable to investors..
    Governments role should extend to taxation,to tax the companies and redistribute to ministries to aid fiscal policy .. We need young minds to correct this mess…

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    We must all wake up and smell the proverbial coffee and demand that every one of these guys is investigated including the ones that have sat in govt for decades. We want to know their assets, their salaries their perks their everything

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    Chirutanga 8 years ago

    Zanu pf does not have time to monitor these parastatals because it is concentrating on safeguarding its power in government.Worse things are happening in these parastatals.Wake up Zanu pf Government.

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    And what is going to happen to Cuthbert Dube and the likes of him? Nothing. Maybe a small cut in salary, a pat on the head and back to work. The Zimbabwean trade unions are full of hot air. They don’t have the leadership or the courage to actually do anything to force transparency and accountability from government or parastatal executives.

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    Zimbabwe needs leadership desperately. Where are the leaders.

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    Mr Dube and his looters will not resign because they wont get any job outside the looting machinery supported by the weak system which does not take to courts thieves to embarrass them.Mr Charamba is already finding clever ways of protecting these shameless looters.
    PSMAS members should now refuse to have inexperienced doctors to examine them because their health is compromised when the looters are abusing their contributions.They should be allowed to be examined by the doctors of their own choice not these university under graduates with zero experience.The young doctors can gain experience at public hospitals catering for those with no medical society cover.We contribute to these schemes to get better service not to enrich individuals.
    What are the unions going to do about this serious abuse of your members contributions? I suggest you unite and take thse thieves to courts through the existing laws of the country.You have to recover the looted money,if these guys gave themselves these salaries.The truth will come out at a court hearing,failing to do that its a failure to you unions.Its your legal right to protect your members money and institution for future generations to come.

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    CHINDUNDUMA 8 years ago

    Zanu PF thrives on chaos because order demands accountability which is alien to them. This leadership is dead and Zimbabweans are in trouble. There is no beginning without an end ZUVA RICHASVIKA CHETE HAPANA CHISINGAPERI.