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Wait For September, Govt Tells Restless Civil Servants

The government has urged its workers to wait until next month for a possible cost of living adjustment.

On Monday, Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube met with representatives of civil servants to discuss salaries and conditions of service.

During the meeting, Ncube said the government will consider increasing the US dollar component paid to public workers in September.

Speaking during an interview with The Sunday Mail, Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (ZCPSTU) president Cecilia Alexander, said:

Government said it will review the situation in September to see if there is scope to increase the US dollar, as well as the Zimbabwe dollar components of our salary, premised on revenue inflows.

The Minister of Finance was unequivocal that Government does not yet have the capacity to pay the entire salary bill in US dollars.

As a way forward, Government asked workers to wait for September to meet workers’ expectations in terms of the cost of living and related issues.

Civil servants are currently getting US$175 in allowances but they are pushing for the restoration of their pre-October 2018 salaries of US$540.

More: The Sunday Mail

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