ZBC Workers Demand USD Salaries and Farmland
ZBC has now become a training ground for other media houses as it is losing experienced workers at an alarming rate.
Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) employees have appealed to the government to pay half of their salaries in foreign currency as most basic services such as rentals are now pegged in USD.
ZBC workers committee chairperson Maushe Mutetepi on Thursday, 02 January appeared before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Information, Media and Broadcasting Services. He told Parliamentarians that the minimum wage at ZBC was $188,000. Mutetepi also said that ZBC has now become a training ground for other media houses as it is losing experienced workers at an alarming rate. He said:
“Staff retention and understaffing are serious issues. Last year, 50 employees left ZBC. From our engineering department, 8 left. Some are on exit as we speak and the major reason is remuneration. They are just using their leave days.
When you look at what others are getting elsewhere and across the border, you will see that mine is just a title with empty pockets. It’s a title to say he is an engineer at ZBC, but what do you have to show for that? With the proliferation of broadcasting houses, ZBC is just being used as a training ground.”
The ZBC workers also asked for land from the government to enable them to carry out various farming projects to sustain their families.