Civil Servants under the Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (ZCPSTU), have given the government 7 days to address their salary grievances or they will embark on a full-blown strike, Newsday reports.
This was stated in a petition from ZCPSTU president Cecilia Alexander to the Public Service Minister Larry Mavhima that stated that:
Government is wilfully disregarding the NJNC (National Joint Negotiation Council) resolution of December 2020 which stated that the NJNC would meet early January 2020 to craft a roadmap towards the restoration of the value of wages to the pre-October 2018 level
The ZCPSTU/Apex Council will within seven days from the date of this letter, notify the employer of an impending civil service-wide job action, and that such notification will be served to you in accordance with the laws of the land and in fulfilment of the desires of our members.
The government is yet to respond to the Civil servants’ petition. The ultimatum by the Civil servants comes a few short days before schools reopen in 2021 after the 2 months long national lockdown.
The Ministry of Primary and Secondary education has however stated that they will deploy new recruits to stations where teachers will not report for duty next week when schools reopen.