Civil servants have demanded to meet President Robert Mugabe over the pay rise following his pledge salaries would be reviewed this month.
The demand yesterday followed weekend pronouncements by Presidential spokesperson George Charamba that salaries would only be increased once the money from diamond sales was made available.
Union representatives said the announcement by Charamba had devastated the workers and demanded President Mugabe to honour his word.
Addressing embassy staff in Ethiopia last month, President Mugabe said Zimbabwe had raked in $250 million from a third diamond auction and government employees, whom he said were paid less than his farm workers, would get an increment from the proceeds.
But Charamba at the weekend said the money was not yet available.
“Civil servants will get their money once the money is there,” he said.
“The President made the pronouncement alone,” chairperson of the Apex Council, Tendai Chikowore, said.
“He wasn’t speaking as the Presidential spokesperson. We will therefore wait and get it from the