Civil servants have said they will no longer participate in any salary negotiations with the government in which the Zimbabwe dollar will be the subject since the local currency has been rejected by the economy.
In a statement to The Sunday Mail after the negotiations under the National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC) reached a deadlock on Monday, the Civil Service Apex Council demanded that public workers’ salaries should revert to the pre-October 2018 levels of US$475 for the lowest-paid worker. The statement read in part:
Government should now respond to the workers’ position paper, in their possession, to reset civil servants’ salaries to the pre-October 2018 levels of US$ 475 for the lowest-paid worker, which position has been concretised by the self-dollarisation of the economy and the pronouncements made by the monetary authorities allowing the use of USD in trading.
The Civil Service Apex Council will from henceforth not participate in any negotiation in which the Zimbabwe dollar will be the subject given the local currency has been rejected by the economy.
The government recently legalised trading in US dollars and high inflation and the weak local unit have reduced salaries of most workers to a pittance.
Some goods and services are now priced exclusively in US dollars.