Emmerson Mnangagwa

Labor problems continue to dog the Zimbabwean government with civil servants demanding that their salaries should be pegged at the foreign currency interbank exchange rate.

The civil servants have been arguing that the value of their salaries was eroded the moment the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe decided that the local Zimbabwean dollar was no longer at par with the U.S. dollar.

The Apex Council — an umbrella body of all civil service unions — met on Tuesday and agreed to submit their demands at the National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC) meeting called by the government on Friday.

Apex Council vice secretary Gibson Mushangu told the state-owned newspaper The Herald that the cost of living had continued to rise since civil servants got the last wage increases in Aug. 2019.

The floating of the currency resulted in the skyrocketing of prices of goods and services as producers and service providers moved to retain value on their products.

Still grappling with the effects of a prolonged strike by junior doctors over poor working conditions and facing a possible no-show by government teachers when schools open next week, the government will on Friday face a restive civil servants leadership clamoring for an upward review of salaries.

“As Apex Council, we met and came up with a resolution which is not very different from what we have been coming up with because the situation hasn’t changed. Government hasn’t changed its position from what it has been offering us,” he said.

Mushangu also called on Government to come up with other interventions to enable them to carry out their duties.

The least paid civil servant earns 1,023 Zimbabwe dollars per month against the Poverty Datum Line of 3,700 dollars. Enditem


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