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96% pay increase for catering industry

Sakhile Phiri (Bulawayo Correspondent)

Players in the catering industry have expressed great satisfaction after the National Employment Council (NEC) for the catering industry awarded the sector a 96 percent pay rise with effect from 1 April 2021.
The development will see the lowest paid employee in the catering industry earning a basic salary of $10 000 while transport and housing allowances have been adjusted to $2 534 and $1 267 per month, respectively.
In an interview with BusinessMail an employee from Fast Foods Catering, Millicent Moyo said the developed was readily well come by employees in the sector.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has affected a lot of business and the employees were also hard hit. With NEC announcing a 96 percent pay rise for the catering industry this brings joy to us employees in the sector,” said Moyo.
He added that the in a statement NEC said that employers that are trading in forex and are able to pay the remuneration in hard currency in part or in full were encouraged to do so.
The NEC for the catering industry concluded a wage agreement for the period 1st April to 30th June 2021. The minimum wages have been increased by 96,08 percent and the new wages are reflected in the wage schedules for each class of establishment.
Moyo added: “With the Covid-19pandemic regulation measures and restrictions most hotels, restaurants and bars which are the biggest employers in the catering industry had to close. This greatly affected business and are few are still operating while others had to totally shutdown.”
He highlighted that even though things were returning to normalcy slowly but sure the catering industry during this crisis needs more finances to be able to survive and plan accordingly how they will be able to return their full peak prior the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the Covid-19 pandemic has forced the closure of many businesses and establishments including restaurant and catering services. This has resulted in the loss of thousands of jobs and millions of dollars to this highly in-demand industry.

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