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MDC calls for an end to ZBC workers’ misery
for Democratic Change (MDC-T)
The MDC calls for the
immediate payment of salaries to the suffering Zimbabwe Broadcasting
Corporation (ZBC) employees who have gone for months without getting
As a labour-backed party,
the MDC condemns the non-payment of salaries to the abused staff
members at the ZBC and demands that they should be paid a living
wage urgently while improving their working conditions.
Because we appreciate
the importance of a satisfied employee, we sympathize with the workers
whose non-payment of salaries is not only affecting the employees
and their immediate families but the entire nation which is being
starved of proper information, education and entertainment due to
low output as staff members at the country’s sole State broadcaster
The MDC is further concerned
that the senior management at ZBC is getting obscene salaries of
over US$20 000 a month when junior employees are failing to meet
day to day needs of their families like paying rentals, school fees
and buying food.
It is also of great concern
that the ZBC employees’ plight comes out at a time when Zimbabwe
continues to face repressive laws that are hampering the free flow
of information. In particular, the broadcasting and electronic environment
is seriously crying out for unfettered liberalisation and an open
Therefore, the MDC’s
calls for urgent media reforms remain. As a people’s Party
of Excellence, the MDC believes that the free flow of public information,
giving citizens the right to know and be heard is a hallmark of
a functioning democracy.
this, the ZBC will no longer be an appendage of Zanu-PF, which is
a dead party that is seeking legitimacy after its massive rigging
of the 31 July harmonised elections.
MDC backs the demands made by the civil servants in calling for
a salary increase. The MDC’s position remains that the mining
and processing of the country’s natural resources especially
from Chiadzwa should be more transparent and that the proceeds
should be channeled through the Treasury so that there is money
to pay civil servants decent salaries and improve their working
Once again, the MDC strongly
condemns the continued vast looting of the country’s diamonds
and the non-remittance of the proceeds to Treasury.
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