Civil servants will know today how much their employer has offered them following reports last week that the government has a new salary offer for public workers.
This comes as a National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC) meeting, initially set for Monday, was postponed to today (Tuesday) after the government requested for a postponement.
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The NJNC comprises Government and civil servants’ representative body, the Apex Council and will meet for the third time this year.
The meeting is expected to deliberate on a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for the last quarter of the year. Apex Council vice secretary Gibson Mushangu said:
The meeting will be held tomorrow (today) at 10 am. It was supposed to be held today (yesterday), but the Government requested that it should be pushed to tomorrow (today).
Last week Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Paul Mavima said the government will on Monday (yesterday) convene a meeting with the Apex Council to deliberate on the civil servants’ remuneration with a new offer on the table. Mavima said then:
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.