The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has condemned the Finance and Economic Development Minister, Mthuli Ncube’s mid-term budget review statement.
The workers’ union said that Ncube did not consult them before announcing the new measures.
Speaking to NewsDay Weekender, ZCTU secretary-general, Japhet Moyo, said that workers have to show their disappointment through some form of action. He said:
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Ncube did not ask for our input when he put together his mid-term budget. We could have highlighted the plight of the workers with his austerity policies.
Probably it was deliberate that he never sought our views because he wanted to go it alone and continue to impoverish the most vulnerable people like workers.
… The magnitude of increases is frightening when you compare with stagnant salaries. Obviously, the workers would have to show their disappointment through some form of action.
Meanwhile, Amalgamated Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) leader Obert Masaraure said that Ncube should have raised civil servants’ salaries in the same way he hiked fees for services offered by State departments. He said:
Ncube had the audacity to increase prices of government offered services by up to 500% but is not prepared to do the same with our salaries. Civil servants should realise that we are dealing with a devil determined to throw us in a living hell.
Under such circumstances, we can no longer afford to keep on shadow boxing. We have to step into the ring and declare that enough is enough.
Our teachers are already on early holiday in protest against underpayment. It will be folly to open schools in the third term if our salary is not restored.