Salary negotiations between the government and the Apex Council which represent some civil servants reportedly collapsed last week because they could not reach an agreement with the government, Newsday reports.
The development was confirmed by the Apex Council Spokesperson David Dzatsunga who said;
We had a breakdown last time and we couldn’t agree and there was no talk of how, when and what with the government. It was just a case of taking your jacket and leaving with no agreement and that’s where we are
Speaking about the possibility of teachers staging an industrial action against the government Dzatsunga said:
We are not yet briefed on that and maybe we will hear their position in our meeting sometime this week. What we know is we had a meeting (with the government) that broke down, but obviously we will have to hear what they will have to say
The government through the Public Service Minister Paul Mavima said they could not reach an agreement with the civil servants:
They failed to reach an agreement last week. However, that should not close the door for negotiations. I am going to kickstart those negotiations again this week.
While Nurses have gone back to work ending their 3 months strike, Teachers have announced that they will not be going back to work because they are incapacitated.