Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Paul Mavima has said the government will tomorrow convene a meeting with the Apex Council to deliberate on the civil servants’ remuneration with a new offer on the table.
Government representatives and the Apex Council have met twice since April without reaching a consensus but Mavima has expressed hope that the workers will accept the offer that will be put on the table tomorrow. He said:
The meeting with civil servants representatives will be held on Monday. Government has a new offer for civil servants.
We will discuss the new offer at the meeting. Unfortunately, I can’t pre-empt the offer before the meeting.
While we are meeting civil servants representatives, we are urging teachers to report for duty rather than withholding the service.
They should not hold Government to ransom. They can report for work while we finish the negotiations.
Teachers have not been reporting for duty since schools reopened on 28 September, pleading “incapacitation”.
Meanwhile, all classes are scheduled to resume lessons next week with public exams set to commence on 1 December.