Livingstone council fails to pay UNWTO workers

THE Livingstone City Council has allegedly failed to pay men and women that have kept the country’s tourist capital clean the last two months.

The workers were employed during the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) in 2013 by the local

authority to sweep the streets, water the flowers and pick up liter in the city.

According to the workers, the council has been quiet over the two months arrears but was busy purchasing expensive vehicles for its heads of departments. The workers who preferred anonymity disclosed that they have not been paid the last two months, adding that management was quiet over the matter.

“It is unfair for people to work without pay, yet the local authority expects us to put in our full performance. People who come to Livingstone are happy because of the way the city is looking. We want our money.

“Even when we are talking to you in this peaceful way, we are hungry. We don’t know what this council is thinking about us but they are busy buying expensive vehicles for the bosses,” one of the affected workers said. The workers have charged that the situation was unhealthy and urged the local authority to urgently find money to pay them.

The workers have also accused the local authority of neglecting its workers adding that the council has also not communicated with them on why they have not been paid their salaries for two years.

Efforts to get a comment from the Livingstone City Council public relations manager proved futile.