Govt Workers Meet To Chart Way Forward As Wages Evaporate

Government workers’ representatives were on Monday expected to meet to discuss their working conditions especially the issue of remuneration ahead of a potential meeting with government officials.

The Apex Council’s organising secretary Charles Chinosengwa said civil servants cannot remain quite as if things are normal. The Newsday quotes him as saying:

Tomorrow [today], we are going to have a full Apex Council meeting and all the 14 members will be present. The agenda is to discuss the cost of living adjustment and the way forward.

We are still waiting for feedback from the government on our demands, but we know that those who are responsible are outside the country in Geneva for an [International Labour Organisation] ILO meeting. However, we cannot continue keeping quiet because prices are shooting up on a daily basis.

We submitted a position paper recently to the government, but some of the demands have been overtaken by the current situation.

Looking at what is happening now, we need to come up with an urgent meeting because the government has not responded to us. We cannot continue keeping quiet as if everything is
normal.

Civil servants initially demanded a minimum salary of ZWL$1 700 per month but with galloping inflation, they may have come up with a new figure.

The government has refused to significantly raise its workers’ salaries although Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said that he has been running a surplus for the past six months.

More: Newsday


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