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Civil servants warn government

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Civil servants’ representatives Friday resolved to embark on a series of demonstrations to force the government to yield to their demands for a salary review.

Apex Council President, Tendai Chikowore warned the demonstrations would culminate in a fully-fledged strike if government failed to address their plight.

The Apex Council, comprising the Public Service Association (PSA), Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (Zimta), Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) and College Lecturers’ Association of Zimbabwe (Colaz) met in Harare yesterday and gave the government a
30-day ultimatum to look into their grievances.

In a statement after the meeting, Apex Council member organisations said they “demand, unreservedly, to be paid living salaries and further demand that government takes action on the issue of public service salaries within 30 days”.

They said: “Disturbed that the government has not responded to our correspondences on the said matter, (we) now resolve that we will march to the offices of the Minister of Public Service to demand his undivided attention on this matter and will continue with these demonstrations if our call goes unheeded.”

The statement was signed by Chikowore, who is also the president of Zimta, PSA president, Cecilia Alexander, PTUZ secretary-general Raymond Majongwe, TUZ president Lovemore Mufamba and Colaz president David Dzatsunga.

Apex members said they were taking this action because they had every reason to believe government’s revenue collection had improved following the sale of diamonds.

Chikowore said the Apex council would deliver the ultimatum to Public Service minister Eliphas Mukonoweshuro next week.

“Meanwhile, we are mobilising our members for a demonstration. We will then wait until the 30-day ultimatum is over before seeking audience with the Prime Minister (Morgan Tsvangirai) and the President (Robert Mugabe),” she said.

“We will also engage human rights activists and labour activists and we plan to intensify the demonstrations, which may build up to a strike.

Striking will be our last resort.”

Civil servants, who earn between $150 and $250, want the lowest paid worker to earn $500 a month.

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