Govt workers push for pay talks as year begins
Harare (New Ziana)-The Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (ZCPSTU) has written to the government requesting an urgent meeting to discuss salary proposals for 2023.
Some of the proposals have come from teachers who now want the government to pay them at least US$840 per month.
In a Memorandum to the Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, the ZCPSTU said the meeting was long overdue as workers have a legitimate expectation to know what their earnings will be before this January month end so that they could plan.
“Hon Minister, an urgent meeting is in our mutual interest for purposes of industrial harmony and indeed benchmarks towards a living wage for the civil service,” it said.
Interestingly, the Memo comes a few days after the government workers welcomed the announcement by the employer that it would be introducing a new pay structure which would see civil servants being paid according to their academic qualifications, experience and seniority, starting this month.
The government is apparently reactivating a policy that promotes the advancement of public workers which it abandoned in 2012.
According to the PSC secretary Dr Tsitsi Choruma, the advancement policy would start to be operational this month.
Government workers are currently getting US$200 in hard cash and around $40 000 in local currency every month.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa is on record pledging to improve remuneration and working conditions for civil servants in tandem with the recovery of the economy.