Civil servants issue 14 day strike notice

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Harare (New Ziana)-Civil servants unions on Tuesday issued a 14 day notice to go on strike to press the government to increase their salaries.

The unions are demanding US$840 per month for the least paid worker, or alternatively a blended salary of ‘4 parts United States dollars and 6 parts Zimbabwean dollars, with the local currency component expected to rise by 12 percent monthly over the next 6 months.

“The Public Service Association (PSA), the Federation of Zimbabwe Educators Unions and the Nurses Federation of Zimbabwe hereby give notice of a services wide industrial action within 14 days of the date of this notice.

“Be advised that the industrial action hereby notified is in respect of a long overdue cost of living adjustment that speak to the food basket that now stands at ZWL114 000 against the latest adjustment to ZWL36 000 for the lowest paid worker,” they said.

The government last month offered civil servants a 100 percent salary hike after the parties reached a deadlock during wage negotiations.

Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube recently said there was scope within the current National Budget to further increase salaries for its workers on top of the 100 percent that it offered, which starts being paid this month.

Ncube said the US$175 allowance component of the civil servants salary introduced at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic would continue into the foreseeable future.
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