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Civil servants demand resumption of salary talks

Civil servants demand resumption of salary talks. Government representatives and civil servants last met over a month ago and failed to agree on the way forward. Civil servants said that they do not know when salary negotiations with their employer will resume.

The Government offered a 75% staggered salary increment from April to June this year which the employees rejected, insisting on US$540 or its equivalent in Zimbabwean Dollars.

Civil servants, particularly teachers, have claimed incapacitation and are reporting for duty twice a week. Speaking to ZTN on Tuesday, Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (ZCPSTU) spokesperson Gibson Mushangu said:

It’s now been over a month. They had promised to consult as a team of negotiators from Government so that we can have our third meeting but hitherto we haven’t engaged the Government or had any meeting with it.

We are worried that our salaries are being seriously eroded. We are not sure whether the government is prepared to meet us again or it is pleased with the status quo.

ZTN says Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Professor Paul Mavima was not immediately available for comment as his mobile phone was not being answered.

This comes after scores of doctors and nurses are reported to be leaving Bulawayo hospitals and other health institutions citing poor salaries. Over 140 health caregivers have resigned from Bulawayo’s central hospitals, a development that has compromised service delivery.

Most of these healthcare workers are said to be leaving for the UK which recently embarked on massive recruitment in the face of COVID-19.

Source – Pindula News

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