Civil Servants: Govt Offers $25 Increment to Avert Strike

Harare — In a bid to avert a widespread strike, the government has availed a 10 percent salary increment to disgruntled teachers.

Instead of more than 100 percent demanded by civil servants, which could have catapulted the lowest paid worker from $253 per month to $720 - the least paid government employee will receive a mere $23 extra from July 1.

In addition, vacation leave for teachers has been reinstated, while those shortchanged by the vacation leave ban will be paid cash in lieu of the accrued days effective from July, but in a staggered manner.

The sate has revived manpower development benefits, a move which will see civil servants going on study leave using their accrued vacation leave days. Rentals on state accommodation will be reviewed.

The unions will consult its members for feedback. 
Teacher Strike in Zimbabwe

“The employer offered this as a cost of living adjustment across the board meaning it covers allowances.”

“As civil servants leaders, while we see this as a positive move, we have a constituency that we lead and it means we have to go back and consult our membership on the way forward. While we consult we have also requested Government to go and increase on that.” said the Apex Council chairperson.

Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) and the Amalgamated Rural Teachers of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) were pushing for a strike to get audience with the state, after 16 000 nurses were fired, before reinstatement.

The two unions are not members of the Apex Council and do not sit in the NJNC, a legal platform established through Statutory Instrument 141 of 1997.

Government deferred vacation leave for teachers in 2016 as a cost-cutting measure due to lack of resources to pay relief teachers during the three-month period that the full-time teachers would be away.

Last week, civil servants were warned against participating in any premature industrial action saying negotiations should be given a chance. Teachers had planned their strike to coincide with the opening of schools, demanding reinstatement of leaves and a political free working environment.

Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and Monitoring Implementation of Government Programmes Simbarashe Mumbengegwi said Government was committed to improving the working conditions of its workers. - Online Sources 

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