The Public Service Commission (PSC) has said civil servants will be paid a cost of living adjustment (COLA) while salary negotiations continue, ZTN News reports.
According to the publication, the cost of living adjustment, which has not been public, is meant to assist public workers who have school-going children.
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In a statement, Secretary to the Public Service Commission, Ambassador Jonathan Wutawunashe said:
In the spirit of understanding between Government and its employees, Government will proceed to pay, in addition to regular emoluments paid out earlier this week, what is available while NJNC negotiations continue.
In a related development, nurses have reportedly agreed to return to work as negotiations continue, although Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) president, Enock Dongo refused to give details on the issue maintaining that it was a private matter.
Last week, Government tabled a 40 per cent increment which was flatly rejected by civil servants who want at least US$480, which is roughly ZWL$39 000 at the official exchange rate.