New Zimbabwe (London)

14 June 2014

Zimbabwe: Gweru Defaults On Workers Medical Aid Payments

GWERU City Council has reportedly fallen on hard times and has skipped remitting medical aid and pension funds for its workers in the last three months.

Disgruntled workers who spoke to Newzimbabwe.com on condition of anonymity said they were being forced to pay hard cash for treatment by health institutions after their employer defaulted.

The workers however, continue to receive net salaries.

"Last week I had to fork out money when my child got sick because council has not been paying funds for my medical aid," said one employee.

According to the workers, the problem has also affected their pension contributions.

An official at CIMAS medical aid scheme who cannot be named on professional grounds said Gweru council has not been dispatching funds for its workers over the past three months.

Town Clerk, Daniel Matawu was not reachable for comment while mayor, Hamutendi Kombayi was not picking his mobile phone.

The financially crippled Gweru municipality has been struggling to pay its workers on time since last year.

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