Gaths Mine worker on strike

Shabanie mine corporate offices

Shabanie mine corporate offices

By Mthulisi Mathuthu
SW Radio Africa
17 January 2014

Eight hundred workers at Gaths Asbestos Mine in Mashava were this week reported to be on strike over six months’ outstanding salaries, the Daily News reported Thursday.

The report said workers downed tools and took to the streets Monday following reports that the management had embezzled funds meant to pay their outstanding salaries.

According to the paper, the workers claimed that the government released $500, 000 as part of their salaries and allowances in December but that money has yet to reach them.

The $500,000 was meant to be shared between three Shabanie Mashava Mines – Gaths, Shabanie and Temeria – but only a ‘combined $200,000’ was disbursed to the mines, the workers claimed.

As that was not enough to pay the salaries and allowances at the three mines angry workers at Gaths mine took to the streets. According to the report drum beating and placard waving miners invaded the manager’s office demanding their payment. They were finally dispersed by the police as the strike entered its third day Wednesday.

The report quoted Gaths Mine workers committee chairperson, Howard Chivasa, saying they were in meetings with management and government officials, including those from the President’s office.

An unnamed worker said since the mines were taken away from the previous owner they have only been getting allowances and that stopped six months ago.

Government took over SMM 10 years ago after its owner Mutumwa Mawere was declared insolvent. The South African-based businessman has been fighting to regain his companies since. In October last year he filed an application at the Constitutional Court seeking to repossess several of his businesses, including SMM.

Mawere’s phone remained unanswered for the whole of Friday while the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions said they had no information on the strike.

About 6,000 SMM workers are said to have lost their jobs since the company’s take over by the government. Most of them are said to have turned to gold panning and prostitution as Mashava deteriorated into a ghost town.



12 Responsesto “Gaths Mine worker on strike”

  1. wilbert says:

    How long can this go on?

    • dumbu says:

      Until Mugabe resurrect .

      • wilbert says:

        Some people are placing too much hope on Mugabe’s death bringing change; they are naïve. Mujuru or Mnangagwa will want to secure their own position in the party by allowing their own supporters to continue the looting especially the spoilt brats in the CIO and Police!

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        Sekuru ndimi vataiti makarekare vanamunyerwa nzungu. Vayiti kana vakapiwha mhandara vaitobvunza kuti zvinoyakavurwa here nekuti ivohavagone kuvura mhandara voga. Vamwe vanoti vanagundamusaira vasina njere, vanongopupurutswa nemhepo. Kwainda mhepo ndiko kwavanoenda, vasina njere dzavo asivanovimba nenjere dzevamwe, sekuru. Ndizvozvamuri sekuru. Udununu nehurombe hwakazvizarira pamuri sekuru. Mugabe arikutonga zvakare mugore ra 2018. Icho!

      • Chimbwido Warvet says:

        Sekuru ndimi vataiti makarekare vanamunyerwa nzungu. Vayiti kana vakapiwha mhandara vaitobvunza kuti zvinoyakavurwa here nekuti ivohavagone kuvura mhandara voga. Vamwe vanoti vanagundamusaira vasina njere, vanongopupurutswa nemhepo. Kwainda mhepo ndiko kwavanoenda, vasina njere dzavo asivanovimba nenjere dzevamwe, sekuru. Ndizvozvamuri sekuru. Udununu nehurombe hwakazvizarira pamuri sekuru. Mugabe arikutonga zvakare mugore ra 2018. Icho!

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      Until such time the middle class and working class come to their senses and wage an economic revolution to free themselves from the shackles and iron-hand of Wall Street bankers and corporations that have robbed the world of their hard-earned funds and yet continue to be bailed out by the taxpayers. These guys sit on trillions of pounds but still want more money from the working class who are taxed heavily while the rich and powerful pay tax that is not progressive or paying a levy that does not relate the income they hold in their banking accounts. By all standards, this is corruption of the highest order, Wilbert Muroyi.

      • wilbert says:

        You have only come up against corruption of people like Gono and Philip Chiyangwa but has yet to accept that Mugabe is himself corrupt. Are you that stupid that you can only see all those surround Mugabe as being corrupt and he is squeaky clean! You are a real moron.

      • wilbert says:

        You have only come up against corruption of people like Gono and Philip Chiyangwa but has yet to accept that Mugabe is himself corrupt. Are you that stupid that you can only see all those surround Mugabe as being corrupt and he is squeaky clean! You are a real moron.

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      Until such time the middle class and working class come to their senses and wage an economic revolution to free themselves from the shackles and iron-hand of Wall Street bankers and corporations that have robbed the world of their hard-earned funds and yet continue to be bailed out by the taxpayers. These guys sit on trillions of pounds but still want more money from the working class who are taxed heavily while the rich and powerful pay tax that is not progressive or paying a levy that does not relate the income they hold in their banking accounts. By all standards, this is corruption of the highest order, Wilbert Muroyi.

  2. Yepec says:

    Is this not one of the signs that the economy is about to implode? By 2008, the inflation rate was 500 percent and Gedion Gono was busy printing 1 million, Zimdollar notes, the man in the street needed a wheel borrow to carry these notes that were necessary for buying a loaf of bread for his family. In present day Zimbabwe, most of the business establishments are in arrears in paying their workers wages. What does it mean about the economy? Forewarned is to be foretold.

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      You do not need to go that far when your backyard in the European Union is already in recession that is progressively leading to a depression or to the collapse of its economy. Keeping the interest rate to a ridiculous level in an effort to curb inflationary pressures as is the case at present moment is not sustainable and will not help any country in the long term. The inevitable is bound to happen as this inhibits investment as returns on capital is at its lowest ebb. When corporations relocate to the Far East where investment opportunities are by far more lucrative than the European union while leaving employees stranded and with no jobs to look forward to, it is obvious to an intelligent mind that we are experiencing the most difficult times, only experienced during the Great Depression of 1929. I am not too sure if you understand this.
      Until such time, conducive investment climate is restored in the European Union to bring back corporations that are already enjoying reduced taxation accompanied low wage bills and removing all restrictive measures that impede the maximisation of profit, we are all heading for serious trouble ahead. Get this in your greasy head and realise that we are experiencing the most challenging times in our lifetime.

    • Chimbwido Warvet says:

      You do not need to go that far when your backyard in the European Union is already in recession that is progressively leading to a depression or to the collapse of its economy. Keeping the interest rate to a ridiculous level in an effort to curb inflationary pressures as is the case at present moment is not sustainable and will not help any country in the long term. The inevitable is bound to happen as this inhibits investment as returns on capital is at its lowest ebb. When corporations relocate to the Far East where investment opportunities are by far more lucrative than the European union while leaving employees stranded and with no jobs to look forward to, it is obvious to an intelligent mind that we are experiencing the most difficult times, only experienced during the Great Depression of 1929. I am not too sure if you understand this.
      Until such time, conducive investment climate is restored in the European Union to bring back corporations that are already enjoying reduced taxation accompanied low wage bills and removing all restrictive measures that impede the maximisation of profit, we are all heading for serious trouble ahead. Get this in your greasy head and realise that we are experiencing the most challenging times in our lifetime.

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