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Civil servants salary talks resume

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The civil servants’ representative body, Apex Council, will today resume salary negotiations with the National Joint Negotiating Committee to consider a new offer from the government.

The meeting follows last week’s deadlock after civil servants rejected the government’s $240 million package, insisting that it be increased and unpacked.

Apex Council president Tendai Chikowore confirmed today’s meeting, adding they expected the government to table a reviewed salary offer coupled with adequate allowances.

“In tomorrow’s (today’s) meeting, government is meant to give us a reviewed position on our salaries and this new position paper should have adequate allowances, particularly transport, housing and rural allowances.

“We will start negotiating only when we see this suitable document.

“If we still fail to come up with an agreement tomorrow (today), we will decide as a council what step to take,” she said.

The estimated 235 000 civil servants, with the least paid currently receiving about $200 a month, want their salaries increased to at least $538 per month in relation to the poverty datum line.

The Apex Council consists of the Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association, Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe, Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe, College Lecturers’ Association of Zimbabwe and the Public Service Association.

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