HARARE, Zimbabwe’s mining industry and workers representatives agreed to a wage hike on Monday following negotiations to ease workers plight under a grinding economic climate.

Associated Mine Workers Union of Zimbabwe president Tinago Ruzive, said in a statement the agreement inked with the Chamber of Mines of Zimbabwe covers the period from January to March.

“This will raise the minimum wage for the mining industry from 1 200.01 Zimbabwe dollars (ZWL) to 3 450 ZWL,” Ruzive said.

This translates to a minimum wage of about US$67.

“This agreement is based on the dollar value principle, for those mines who may be paying above the minimum due to various reasons or merit. Therefore, no employee shall fail to get an increase,” the statement noted.

However, the increase falls short of the poverty datum line of $4 188 as at end of December 2019.

Ruzive said the union would soon engage the Chamber of Mines to negotiate wages for the second quarter covering April to June.