Civil servants press on with strike


Civil servants have vowed to go ahead with their five-day strike to press for a salary review despite a fresh call by the government to return to the negotiating table.

The representative body of all civil servants’ unions, Apex Council, yesterday confirmed the work stoppage.

Apex Council chairperson Tendai Chikowore yesterday said they were invited to a meeting with the National Joint Negotiation Council (NJNC) on Wednesday.

“However, I am still unclear about the agenda of the meeting and even though this meeting will be held, it does not stop the strike that is still going to begin tomorrow,” she said.

“The strike (last) Thursday was an overwhelming success and I hope for the same and even greater attendance for the strike beginning on 23 January up until 27 January,” Chikowore added.

“I understand that there are some areas where civil servants were hesitant about the strike, but they should join because this is meant to help them.

“All civil servants must strike, they are their own liberators and this action would ultimately benefit them.”

Zimbabwe’s estimated 235 000 civil servants have been clamouring for a salary increase since the formation of the inclusive government. The lowest paid civil servant currently earns $235 monthly.

They were demanding at least $538 per month in line with the poverty datum line. Chikowore said last week’s one-day strike had achieved a 70% success rate and was optimistic this week’s work stoppage would produce better results.