Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Deputy Minister Lovemore Matuke on Monday said that negotiations between the government and representatives of civil servants are ongoing.
The talks are centred around improving the conditions of service for civil servants whose April Cost Of Living Adjustment (COLA) has been eroded by inflation.
Matuke said that though he does not have the figures as yet, he was confident that the government will increase civil servants’ salaries. He said:
We are aware that the situation out there is not favourable for civil servants and it calls for an adjustment of their salaries.
Dialogue between Government and civil servants through the Tripartite Negotiating Forum (TNF) is ongoing and I’m certain that by June the Government would have increased their salaries.
I don’t have the figures yet because negotiations are ongoing but I’m confident that the Government will take care of civil servants’ needs. The current Government never fails. If it makes a commitment it fulfils it.
Civil servants are currently earning something between $441.00 and $649.00 a month.