Teachers have expressed scepticism on reports that the government has made a huge pay hike to civil servants.
Following a National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC) meeting held in Harare on Friday, the government offered to raise civil servants’ salaries by 76 per month effective from August 1, 2019.
Speaking to NewsDay earlier on Friday, Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe president Takavafira Zhou said that the government tends to make empty promises. He said:
Why has the government and Apex Council been quiet for all along?
Government and Apex Council claim to be talking when civil servants threaten to go on strike. We certainly do not eat empty promises.
The government already claims that a hefty salary is on its way, but we are aware that this is a tissue of misrepresentation.
Let the teachers measure the deftness of the salary rather than the self-appraisal of a starvation salary being labelled hefty by an uncaring employer.
At any rate, the government is well known for peddling falsehoods. They promised duty-free cars to civil servants last year, but up to now, not even a single teacher has accessed that facility.
Following yesterday’s NJNC, the Apex council said that it would soon consult its members again and update the government of the outcome at their next meeting on Wednesday.