Zimbabwe (Xinhua) --
Zimbabwe’s umbrella body of civil servant unions has
given a notice to go on industrial action, while the
government says it will announce remuneration proposals
at a meeting scheduled for Thursday.
Service Apex Council chairperson Cecilia Alexander on
Tuesday wrote to the chairperson of the Public Service
Commission Vincent Hungwe informing him that the unions
were giving a 14-day notice of intention to strike.
"The reason for this step is premised on the
incapacitation of our members and the failure by the
government to address the same.
"The incapacitation comes in the wake of the erosion
of our static salaries due to the sky rocketing cost of
living," Alexander said in the letter.
She added that despite numerous meetings between the
workers and the government, there had been no way
forward in addressing the workers’ plight.
However, Hungwe said Wednesday in a statement that
new wage proposals would be presented to the workers
through the National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC)
before the end of the week.
The NJNC is a statutory negotiating platform for the
government and civil servants’ associations which fixes
negotiated agreements on salaries and conditions of
Civil servants are agitating for wage increases
following hefty increases in the prices of basic
commodities and other services in the past two months.
Junior doctors at government health institutions are
already on a prolonged strike which started Dec. 1,
"Government will announce an integrated cost of
living adjustment and the NJNC will meet not later than
Thursday," Hungwe said.
Hungwe said among key issues to be discussed was how
the cost of living adjustment would be distributed to
rural as compared to urban workers as well as
identification of non-monetary benefits including
provision of land for housing, mortgages as well as
The proposed meeting would also discuss establishment
of a public service pension scheme, Hungwe said.
"Government remains committed to engaging its workers
and improving their salaries and conditions of service,"
A meeting convened by the government and workers on
Monday to address the same issues had left things
hanging in the air.
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