Soldiers’ salary increase has ripple effects: ZCTU

THE Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions yesterday said the 22% salary increment awarded to soldiers has triggered more unions to press for higher pay, and will result in government printing money to pay civil servants.


ZCTU secretary-general, Japhet Moyo told NewsDay that teachers were already pushing government to up their salary by as much as 17,5% to 22%.

He said bankers and other workers were also clamouring for a 22% increment after employers offered an average of 3,8% adjustments.

“The Apex Council which is represented by our member Zimta only got a 17,5% increment, and we are a bit disturbed that the police and soldiers got 20% and 22% increments respectively,” Moyo said.

“When we first negotiated with the employer we wanted more than 22% at Apex level, and through our representative Zimta, but the employer refused and said they cannot afford more than 17, 5% yet the soldiers got 22%.”

Moyo said whilst it could be adjudged as vote buying to increase police and soldiers’ salaries a few days towards elections, the increments should have come way back in January.

“The exchange rate has gone up and the salaries have already been eroded by inflation and even these increases leave a lot to be desired. Already other workers are complaining.

“The increases were supposed to be in January, and so they came very late. It could be a coincidence that they came towards elections,” he said.

Moyo said other workers were surprised that government went as high as 22% because other sectors only went as high as 3,8%, including the banking sector.

“What this means is that it will increase pressure on all employers to offer increments of 22%. It also means that government is most likely to be printing money to pay its employees. The government has set a pace at 22% and no worker is going to accept less than that. Workers in the banking sector are already making a lot of noise,” he said.

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  1. A good observation at the cost of today living, no one seems to recognize how inflation hits following the alleged salary rises, no one is there to stop the prices from raising like bread dough.

  2. Japhet Moyo’s comment is too shallow for a workers’ representative . It is not about the percentage figure . It actually depends on the salary one is getting . You can have the 3,8% being higher in monetary terms than 22% because the 22% is of a much lower salary . You are a dishonest leader who encourages workers to revolt because of you misinformation . Employers and employees should simply negotiate within the affordability of their business and not what other companies have done .

  3. Takesure Zvazviri

    Most workers from the private sector earns better salary as compared to civil servants, 17,5 is nothing considering paltry salaries they are receiving. Its only that the government yaoona kuti zvanyanya vavapewo something.

  4. kid marongorongo

    parliamentarians are getting 30 thousand right now and you are crying for 22% which you dont have the authenticity to it, moyo have received your payslip having the 22%? which barrack are you stationed. When did you join the army and which rank do you have, how many medals do you have, why do you want to cause disunity within the civil service. what’s so special about 22% of nothing idiot, muri kubira mateachers mari nezvima trade unions zvenyu muchinyepera kuvamirira irinzira yekupinda mupolitics. Naiwowo mateachers nemagonero enyu chirungu aya why do you chose lame people like majongwe to stand for you, kutya here, are you not sure of your importance. vanokunyeperai every time imi muchirohwa mari. mari yenyu iri kudyirwa pachina mall pa 1+1 paya. obuda imomo akadhakwa achikunyeperai. pint raari kutenga rerichiita $4 iye achiedzerwa arimo vaya vemaths batsirai vamwe venyu kuti anenge adya marii pausiku humwe.

    1. Comment…mukoma hapana zvamataura apa.muri kuda kuti chii apa?

  5. all is not well in the state of Denmark

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