The deputy chairman of the Apex Council, a group of public sector unions, Thomas Muzondo, has said that public sector workers have rejected a government offer of ZW$180 million (US$21 million) in added pay for the July-December period. The workers are saying that the money is inadequate given the soaring inflation.
If the deal was accepted, each of about 309,000 civil servants would be receiving an additional ZW$97, approximately US$11.28) a month. The lowest paid government worker earns 430 Zimbabwe dollars a month.
Speaking to Reuters, Muzondo said:
We totally rejected that offer so they (government negotiators) will go back to their principals for further consultations.
It was a total waste of time.
He said the full Apex Council would meet in the capital Harare on Wednesday (today) to decide its next step.
This comes at a time when the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions last month threatened to take it to the streets in protest of the reintroduction of the Zimbabwe dollar and ban of all foreign currencies for domestic transactions through Statutory Instrument 142 of 2019.
The government has since January been boasting of recording a budget surplus. Finance Minister, Mthuli Ncube, today (10/07/2019) told guests and chairman of Alpha Media Holdings, Trevor Ncube, that the surplus was being channelled towards other social and economic needs including importation of grain (wheat and maize), fuel and electricity which are currently scarce.