Civil servants have warned the government that if it fails to offer them acceptable remuneration, they will force the government’s hand to give them what they deserve.
The government revealed early this week that it will award its workers a cushioning allowance of approximately $97.00 which the civil servants rejected out of hand.
In an interview with NewsDay on Thursday, Apex Council secretary David Dzatsunga said:
We totally rejected that offer and indicated to the government that (the offer) was unacceptable. As Apex, we were hoping that the government will come today with an improved package.
As of now, we are still negotiating, but there will come a point where if we realise that we are not getting anywhere, we will declare a deadlock.
We believe that time is lapsing as far as reaching an agreement (is concerned). We are working with the reality that workers are suffering and that their suffering cannot be postponed.
The urgency of dealing with this matter cannot be overemphasised.
In the event that the government fails to come with an acceptable offer, we are going to do whatever is within our labour rights to force the hand of government to give what is due to the workers
Public service workers, particularly teachers, have demanded a minimum monthly salary of not less than ZWL$4 000.