Unions representing farmworkers and other workers employed in the agricultural sector have agreed to new minimum wages after negotiations with unions representing farmers in the country.
The new minimum wages which were agreed on 22 May 2020, are effective from 1 May 2020.
According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement for the General Agriculture Sector, all workers in the agricultural sector will receive an increase of 118 percent.
This will see the lowest paid farmworker earning ZWL$1,200 per month while the highest-paid farmworker will earn a minimum of $2,400 per month.
While the percentage increase seems generous, the wages for the farmworkers may not be that much due to skyrocketing prices and inflation.
To put these figures into perspective, ZWL$ 1 200 translates to US$20 (R350) per month on the streets while ZWL$2 400 to translates to just US$40 (R700) per month. To further illustrate just how pitiful the new minimum salaries are, a 2kg packet of Tongaat Hulett refined white sugar is now going for ZWL$135. This means that the lowest paid farm worker cannot afford to buy a carton of sugar with his full month’s pay.
The Collective Bargaining Agreement was announced by the National Employment Council for the Agricultural Industry. Announcing the agreement, NEC Agriculture said,
The social parties constituting the National Employment Council for the Agricultural Industry (NECAIZ), which are Zimbabwe Agricultural Employers Organisation (ZAEO), Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union (ZCFU), Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU), Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) and Zimbabwe Tobacco Association (ZTA) on the employers’side and the General Agriculture and Plantation Workers’ Union of Zimbabwe (GAPWUZ) and Horticulture, General Agriculture and Plantation Workers’ Union of Zimbabwe (HGAPWUZ) on the employees’ side, have agreed on minimum wages of the General Agriculture Sector effective 01 May 2020 as follows:
Collective Bargaining Agreement: General Agriculture Sector
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