Teachers Unions are seething with anger over the government’s decision to award civil servants a $400 million salary raise or cost of living adjustment (COLA) across the board.
The salary adjustments translate to about $120 per individual according to the Unions. In an interview with NewZimbabwe.com, Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe secretary-general Raymond Majongwe said:
Our reaction is very simple, the government is taking us for granted, they are slow in reacting, they are failing to understand the basics that their workers must be motivated to produce better services.
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There can never be good service delivery where 95 per cent of the workers are disgruntled.
As far as we are concerned, without giving us a 100 per cent salary increment, there is nothing that they are talking about, it is just a joke. They are just talking and not tackling our problems.
Our members will decide on what action to take. But I can never rule out anything during the second term. These people (government) are not taking their workers seriously. The workers are angry.
The COLA was announced by Sekai Nzenza and Mthuli Ncube, the Ministers of Public service and Finance respectively. The salary adjustment is with effect from April 1, 2019.