How Much A Farmworker Earns In Zimbabwe
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$135. This means that the lowest paid farm worker cannot afford to buy a carton of sugar with his full month’s pay.
The Collective Bargaining Agreement was announced by the National Employment Council for the Agricultural Industry. Announcing the agreement, NEC Agriculture said,
The social parties constituting the National Employment Council for the Agricultural Industry (NECAIZ), which are Zimbabwe Agricultural Employers Organisation (ZAEO), Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union (ZCFU), Zimbabwe Farmers Union (ZFU), Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) and Zimbabwe Tobacco Association (ZTA) on the employers’side and the General Agriculture and Plantation Workers’ Union of Zimbabwe (GAPWUZ) and Horticulture, General Agriculture and Plantation Workers’ Union of Zimbabwe (HGAPWUZ) on the employees’ side, have agreed on minimum wages of the General Agriculture Sector effective 01 May 2020 as follows:
Collective Bargaining Agreement: General Agriculture Sector
General Agriculture Sector Old Minimum Wage New Minimum Wage Grade ZWL$ ZWL$ A1 550 1200 A2 590 1287 A3 649 1417 B1 694 1513 B2 743 1620 B3 804 1753 B4 871 1900 B5 943 2057 C1 1018 2220 C2 1100 2400
An establishment or employees may apply to the National Employment Council within 14 days for an exemption or partial exemption/review from paying wages as set up in the above schedule stating the reasons why that application should be considered.
The Employers and the Trade Unions having arrived at the agreement set forth herein, the undersigned officers of the Council hereby declare that the foregoing is the agreement arrived at and affix their signatures hereto.
Signed at Harare this Friday 22nd May 2020
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