THE Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association says the Civil Service Commission has shown commitment towards increasing civil servants salaries as suggested by President Robert Mugabe.
Civil servants representative bodies met the CSC (formerly the Public Service Commission) in Harare yesterday to discuss the realignment of statutes within the Public Service Act with the new Constitution and conditions of service among other issues.
Zimta secretary general Richard Gundani told NewsDay after the meeting that the association was pleased by the willingness of the CSC to improve the remuneration packages of civil servants.
“The commission showed commitment towards giving civil servants better remuneration. They were in agreement with what the President said earlier regarding salaries and they were in agreement with us that the Poverty Datum Line should be the benchmark for the least paid civil servant,” Gundani said.
Currently, the least paid civil servant takes home less than $300 against a Poverty Datum Line (PDL) of about $550.
Gundani expressed hope negotiations with the Joint Negotiating Council would commence next month to speed up the process.
“We expressed our wish that we get this increment before year end and we are waiting for the Joint Negotiating Council to respond. We were hoping that by October we would have started engaging the Joint Negotiating Council over this issue,” he said.
Gundani said during the meeting, they discussed the need to realign the Public Service Act with the new Constitution.
“Some Acts will have to be amended so that we can have the power of collective bargaining as opposed to mere consultations that we were doing before. The new Constitution now gives us the power of collective bargaining with the government,” he said.