Civil Servants Issue Salary Talks Ultimatum

Civil servants in Zimbabwe have hinted at going on strike if salary negotiations with the Government do not resume this week.

The government offered civil servants a staggered 75 per cent pay rise when the two parties met on 12 March but the Pubic Service Association wants a 150 per cent pay hike which will see the least paid worker earn 30 thousand Zimbabwe dollars.

Meanwhile, several teachers’ unions, among them the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) and the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) are pushing for the restoration of their pre-October 2018 salaries of between US$520 and US$550 or the equivalent in the local currency.

Public Service Association president Cecilia Alexander told ZTN that they have notified the employer of their intention to go on a strike if the parties fail to meet this week. Alexander said:

Unfortunately, there has not been any communication from the Government to date and we are still waiting for them.

However, we served them with a letter notifying them that we will go on a strike if they do not act soon.

So if the worst comes to the worst then we will go the strike route. But we are willing to dialogue with them.

Therefore we are giving them up until the end of the week to act.

Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Professor Paul Mavima said that the talks will resume this week.

I instructed the secretariat last week to ensure that the National Joint Negotiating Council meeting is held this week. So I will make a follow up on the matter. But definitely, they should meet this week

More: ZTN

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One Comment on “Civil Servants Issue Salary Talks Ultimatum

  1. civil servants are sufferring to the extent they go to money lenders to make ends meet just imagine getting a sallary below usd $100 yet rent for 1 room goes for usd $30 per room yet electricity bill needs usd $15 per month and water bills ranging from usd $30-$50 yet they need food for a familly of 5 needs around usd $120 per month ,why are u enjoying urself yet poor civil servants are suffering ,they cant even afford to buy only a pair of workermans shoes which is going for usd$45 ,restore dignity to civil servants they work hard to improve the status of our beautiful country zimbabwe .teachers must be recognised just imagine the effort they put to make a dull person become a proffessional soildier,nurse,doctor,pilot engineer,policeman,bank managers or even great politicians ,please our beloved govenment if this civil servants are well paid the opposition parties will have nothing left for them to opposse our great power and good gvt ,we love u guys just one thing left give civil servants money because a lot of people look up to civil servants even the public sector and the young generation will love to become government workers when they grow up ,please help them give them honor and dignity and our great zimbabwe will move on smoothly and have a successfull vission 30

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