Civil Servants’ representatives rejected the government’s revised 20% salary offer on a sliding scale for the lowest paid worker.
Apex Council chairperson Cecilia Alexander said that civil servants appreciated the gesture but it was little compared to the crisis they are in. Said Alexander:
They came first with a message that we have been given a non-negotiable cushion allowance by the President (Emmerson Mnangagwa). We would like to appreciate that gesture although it is little compared to the crisis we are in.
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For the negotiated salary, they brought a revised offer of $300 million, which is still far less the challenges we are facing. It can’t restore the purchasing power of our salaries to levels of October 2018. So we strongly believe that as civil servants, we want something better than this.
Our notice for a national strike still stands unless something meaningful comes up. So it is up to the government to expedite the process.