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No joy for workers

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Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare minister July Moyo

GOVERNMENT yesterday met unions’ representing workers, but there was no discussion on civil servants’ pay increase and improved working conditions.

They met under the Tripartite Negotiating Forum.

Speaking at a Press conference after the meeting, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare minister July Moyo, however, said the discussions were fruitful.

Moyo told NewsDay that the discussions did not centre on salary and other welfare issues at a time when the majority of employees in the private and public sectors are wallowing in poverty.

“We had a very fruitful discussion deliberated today. We received three papers. The first paper on the social sector was presented by a representative from the Health and Child Care ministry,” Moyo said.

“We had another paper on the economic sector by an official from the Ministry of Finance. Business also presented its paper. The last paper was on the labour sector.

“The issues we have discussed are wide and we think we have reached amicable decisions. There was not too much divergence on how we saw things.”

Moyo met representatives of the Zimbabwe Federation of Trade Unions, Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions and the Employers Confederation of Zimbabwe.

He added: "Where we felt we needed more research we have referred those papers back to the TNF technical committees. It is important that what we bring before the committees is contribution by labour, businesses and government.”

Civil servants have been demanding pre-2018 United States dollar minimum salary of US$540 while some unions are demanding as much as US$1 000.

In the private sector, there are also calls for increased wages.

The public and private sectors have been hard hit by a mass exodus of workers seeking greener pastures abroad.

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