Govt Chided For Its Megaphone Negotiation Strategy

Civil servants’ representatives have challenged the government to show commitment to the roadmap to restoring their pre-October 2018 salaries.

Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (ZCPSTU) secretary-general David Dzatsunga also chided government representatives for the “megaphone” negotiating tactics.

Dzatsunga said most civil servants were getting at least US$520 a month before October 2018 and they preferred that figure and not the 25 per cent of their current earnings offered by the government. He said:

They have not shown any commitment to the roadmap to restore our value to pre-October 2018.

They have not shown any commitment to that roadmap or to that resolution of the NJNC.

We can’t sit and agree amicably and sign then people just decide not to look at that and start a new conversation ignoring that.

You don’t negotiate like that. You don’t publish an offer then come to us with the same offer and refuse to move from there.

It means you are putting us in a position to come here and rubber stamp your decision.

The National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC) met last week but civil servants were not happy with the salary offer that was tabled by the government.

Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Paul Mavima on Monday said the government initially offered its employees a 25% salary hike which was later revised to 70% after the initial offer was rejected.

More: NewsDay

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