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Civil servants demand U.S.$400 salary
The Herald (Zimbabwe)
August 25, 2009

Government has opened negotiations with civil servants, who are demanding US$400 for the lowest paid and an additional US$100 allowance.

In negotiations that opened last week in Harare, civil servants said their current salaries were out of sync with the prevailing economic situation.

They want the lowest paid civil servant (B1 grade) to earn US$402 a month. The civil servants are further demanding US$100 housing and transport allowances .

Last week's meeting was held at the request of the civil servants through their representatives.

The negotiations ended with the Government negotiating team led by Secretary for Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empower-ment Mr Prince Mupazviriyo requesting time to consult its principals.

The negotiations are expected to resume after 14 working days in Harare.

In a letter dated August 6 to the National Joint Negotiating Council, Apex Council secretary Ms Cecilia Alexander noted with concern "the Public Service's unilateral determination and implementation of salary levels without negotiations".

In an interview, Public Service Association executive secretary Mr Emmanuel Tichareva confirmed the meeting. "We met on Thursday and presented our position to them. We officially rejected the July salary award. They in turn are going to consult their principals and we will be meeting again after 14 working days," he said.

At the moment, the lowest paid civil servant earns US$100 and the highest US$200. Public Service Minister Eliphas Mukonoweshuro would neither confirm nor deny last week's meeting, saying he was in a meeting. Secretary Mupazviriyo could not be reached for comment with his office saying he was out of Harare.

Government last month announced a new salary scheme for civil servants who had been getting a uniform US$100 allowance.

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