Government representatives and civil servants will meet “soon” to discuss the latter’s grievances arising from the high cost of living.
The permanent secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Simon Masanga on Tuesday told State media that the government is treating the high cost of living as a matter of urgency. He said:
We are going to call civil servants for a meeting to discuss what Government has to offer as stated by the Minister recently.
We are aware of the high cost of living and Government is treating it as a matter of urgency so that we resolve this issue and other conditions of service.
It is unfortunate that I cannot give dates but it will be very soon and we will be able to engage and map a way forward.
Apex Council secretary-general, David Dzatsunga said the government is aware of civil servants’ plight but nothing is being done to address their grievances. Said Dzatsunga:
It is an open secret that people are in dire straits. $2 500 is not adequate and where does one start to budget against monthly needs?
On Tuesday, the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) announced that year on year inflation had spiked to 785.5 per cent in May.
This comes at a time when prices of basic commodities are constantly increasing in the country, salaries remain stagnant, and the exchange rate has climbed to US$1: $70 via electronic transfers and US$1: $45 for cash transactions.