Govt, Workers’ Salary Meeting Reach Impasse

A Wednesday meeting between the government and representatives of workers under the National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC) to discuss workers’ salaries failed to reach a consensus.

The meeting followed a two-week-long nationwide industrial action by health caregivers in pubic health institutions which was premised at compelling the government to review up their salaries.

Health workers are rejecting the government’s offer of a 50% salary increase and a US$75 monthly allowance for three months saying it is insignificant given the inflationary nature of the economy.

Speaking to NewsDay yesterday, a top anonymous government employee said:

The position of the civil servants is very clear, government is collecting taxes in US$, they collect duties in US$, but they don’t want to pay workers in the same.

Any salary adjustment in Zimbabwe dollar will not help us because before we even get the increase, prices will have increased leaving our salaries at the same place before the increase.

Recently, the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (Zimstat) released a report for May noting that the annual inflation stood at 785,55% while the total consumption poverty datum line rose to above $8 000 for a household of five people when the majority of workers is earning less than $7000.

The president of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, Peter Moyo yesterday reminded the government of its last year’s promise to ditch the local currency if it had failed to stabilise it.

More: NewsDay

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