Public Service and Social Welfare minister Eliphas Mukonoweshuro on Monday said the government did not have the money to pay civil servants’ a salary increment, but would nonetheless meet with their representatives to discuss the issue on Thursday.
The minister was refuting press reports that they were supposed to hold a crisis meeting with workers on Monday.
“We are not having any meeting today (Monday) with staff association representatives,” Mukonoweshuro said.
“We are going to meet the staff association this Thursday. We believe we have to continuously meet with leaders and continue to read notes from the same book,” Mukonoweshuro said.
He said the Budget had laid out the expected expenditures for the year.
Apex Council (the umbrella body representing civil servants) chairperson, Tendai Chikowore, said her organisation had last week rejected government’s offer and was waiting for feedback from the state.
“We are not aware of any meeting with government today (yesterday) but what I know is that government will be having a meeting to discuss feedback from the workers’ representatives. The meeting will be within government and not involving us,” Chikowore said.
The Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe secretary-general Raymond Majongwe said his organisation gave government a seven day-notice (beginning yesterday) or risk industrial action.
Civil servants’ housing and transport allowances were increased by $13 and $6 respectively. Uniformed forces basic salaries increased by between $8 and $10 while their housing allowances increased to $45 from $9 and transport allowance rose to $42 from $8.