The Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) president Takavafira Zhou has accused the Apex Council of making decisions unilaterally without consulting civil servants unions.
This comes after salary negotiations between civil servants and the government on Monday were abandoned after some workers’ representatives walked out of the meeting. Apex Council leaders said that they will reconvene the meeting with the government on Tuesday.
In a statement issued after Monday’s Indaba, Zhou said:
Apex Council decisions are done collectively and not unilaterally. The recent unilateral statements allegedly by (chairperson) Cecilia Alexander that Apex Council has postponed industrial action to open room for negotiations is unfortunate and has no locus standi.
Alexander must make decisions after consulting Apex affiliates. That she has unilaterally given a statement without consulting affiliates reveals her flirtation and romance with the employer.
Our withdrawal of labour is certainly not synonymous with a shutdown. Let expedient elements desist from hijacking labour issues.
The law is clear that there must be three negotiating meetings, and workers thereafter can either decide to push negotiations by other means, viz industrial action or arbitration. That we gave notice of industrial action means we have chosen the path of industrial action.
Civil servants are demanding that the lowest paid worker should be paid $1 733. The government has so far resisted hiking the salaries of its workers in line with its austerity policies.