The government recently raised civil servants’ salaries, with the lowest-paid worker now taking home US$205 equivalent on the interbank exchange rate.
The US$205 translates to about $17 000 for the least paid civil servant.
The latest pay hike was effected in April while another 45 per cent review will be effected at the end of June, officials have said.
The salary reviews are meant to ensure that Government employees will be earning around US$540 equivalent before the end of the year.
Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Paul Mavima said civil servants will be awarded another pay hike next month. He said:
The 25 per cent salary increment for civil servants was effected in April. So, in June we will do another 45 per cent to bring it to 70 per cent for this half of the year.
Finance and Economic Development Minister, Mthuli Ncube told a press conference in Bulawayo yesterday that the Government was committed to addressing the welfare of its employees. He said:
Government is doing a lot for civil servants. That is about US$205 equivalent in terms of their salaries for the lowest-paid civil servants.
Inflation is coming down and as it does so and as we continue as Government to push the wages up, which we will, you will find out that the plight of the civil servants will get better and better.
We have awarded the civil servants a 25 per cent salary increment.
Ncube also challenged the private sector to move in tandem with Government and improve salary structures for their employees.
However, teachers, who form the bulk of the civil service have rejected the staggered 70 per cent salary increase.
They want the restoration of their pre-October 2018 salaries of between US$500 and US$550 or the equivalent in local currency.