By Anna Chibamu
GOVERNMENT has offered civil servants 10 percent pay increment across the board beginning this April but this was immediately rejected by its workforce which still insists on a planned strike in two weeks’ time.
This was revealed at a press briefing by APEX Council chairperson, Cecilia Alexander following a round of wage negotiations by government and its restless employees.
Alexander said they were going to brief their constituency on the offer and will meet government next week to present their position.
Civil servants on Tuesday gave their employer the mandatory 14-day notice to embark on a massive strike action while insisting their current wages have been eroded by a recent wave of price increases.
They have been demanding their wages to be paid in US dollars but this was vehemently rejected by a cash-strapped government which says it does not generate its revenue in forex.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has said any pay increases offered by his administration shall be within the country’s budget.
The lowest paid civil servant currently earns $414 and shall start receiving an additional $41 if government proceeds to implement the offer.
More to follow…
Source: New Zimbabwe