Chairperson of the Public Service Commission (PSC) Vincent Hungwe has revealed government plans to increase civil servants’ salaries between June and July. Hungwe also said that the government was aware of the soaring inflation that is eroding workers’ salaries.
Hungwe revealed that proposed measures to cushion workers had already been tabled. He said:
Since the 1st of April, there has been some changes, some challenges within our economy and we are continuing to engage employees in order to come up with a mid-term adjustment to their salaries sometime in June and July.
The government raised civil servants’ salaries in April leaving the least paid getting ZWL$600. However, the Real Time Gross Settlement dollar has been shedding value at an unparalleled rate. ZWL$600.00 is now being equated to only US$100 considering that the parallel market is now trading at around ZWL$570 per US$100.
Teachers and Doctors have given the government a two-week ultimatum to resolve the issue. They are demanding to be paid in United States Dollars or workers will withdraw their services.