The government through the Public Service, Labour, and Social Welfare Minister Professor Paul Mavima has promised to match 2018 salaries for civil servants by mid-next year, The Sunday News reports.
Mavima said this while he was speaking at a Parliamentary Pre-Budget seminar in Harare when he said the government and the Apex Council agreed that the government will continue to improve wages till they match 2018 salaries.
Said Minister Mavima:
We have made a lot of progress with civil servants. When we started this year civil servants were complaining that they were earning something like $30 to $40 equivalent in US dollar terms.But if you look at where we are today, using the auction rate, we have reached the US$200 level which is a very big improvement.
We have signed an agreement with the Apex Council accepting that level, but we have also in that agreement come up with a road map to continuously improve the conditions of service for civil servants to where maybe by June or July next year we may have clawed back to the levels they are demanding of July-August 2018.
It’s a process. I think it’s important for civil servants to understand that. It depends much on the performance of the economy and if we continue to build on the progress we have made so far we will reach the levels they demand. The truth is that the Government is not in a position to pay the 2018 salaries right now because there is no money.
Civil servants especially teachers have implored the government to match the 1 October 2018 salaries in their bid to get a decent living wage from the government.
Meanwhile, some teachers went back to work late last week after agreeing to a 40% salary hike ending a 2-month long strike just before Zimsec year-end final exams start.
More: The Sunday News