Civil servants want another cost of living adjustment less than a month after the government raised the salary of the lowest-paid worker from $582 to $1 023.
Prices of commodities have skyrocketed over the past few weeks with the increment rendered meaningless and prices now beyond the reach of the majority.
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Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (ZIMTA) president, Richard Gundane told State media on Sunday that his association is pushing for a new round of talks with the government. He said:
We’re pressing for a new round of salary talks following the recent increases in the prices of goods and services.
They have rendered the cost of living adjustments a non-event.
Teachers are worse off after the COLA. In this hyperinflationary environment, monthly adjustments would assist in closing the gap between salary and prices.
Meanwhile, ZIMTA chief executive officer Sifiso Ndlovu revealed that the Association is waiting for feedback from the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare. He said:
In terms of immediate relief for the workers, nothing has been said by the Government although we’ve been putting pressure on the negotiators to call for a meeting so that we give new evidence to the employer on the challenges that are faced by the workers.
On Thursday there was a discussion on the workers’ salaries as the Government was already working on the 2020 budget. We’ll get feedback from the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare.