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servants demand U.S.$400 salary
The Herald (Zimbabwe)
August 25, 2009
opened negotiations with civil servants, who are demanding US$400
for the lowest paid and an additional US$100 allowance.
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
meeting was held at the request of the civil servants through their
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.
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.
month announced a new salary scheme for civil servants who had been
getting a uniform US$100 allowance.
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