Civil servants salary negotiations meeting rescheduled

Civil servants will have to wait for January 2014 to know how much they will get in salary increments after the first ever salary negotiations meeting between civil servants representatives and government decided to defer the meeting to early next year.

Progress Teachers Union Zimbabwe leader, Raymond Majongwe, one of the civil servants' representatives in the Apex Council confirmed the development and said both government and civil servants representatives concurred that the matter be resolved early next year.

Said Majongwe: “Yes, we had a meeting this morning with the intention of sorting out how much civil servants should get in salary increments.

“We will continue with the negotiations early January next year,” said Majongwe. He said the negotiations involved discussions around pensions, non monetary incentives and affordable housing among others.

Majongwe said: “There are no specific timelines regarding when the teachers should get these salary increments and we hope that our meetings will yield the intended results,” he said.

The workers’ representatives want the least-paid civil servant to earn at least $540, a salary which the Consumer Council of Zimbabwe states that it is an amount that is at par with the poverty datum line.

Civil servants are asking for a 300 percent increment of their basic salary as a rural allowance to cushion those working outside urban centres.

Currently, the least-paid Government worker is getting $297. Said Majongwe: "We are advocating that teachers get affordable housing.

"They should get decent accommodation that is equivalent to their salaries," he said.

Out of the nine seats in the Apex Council, the education sector has five representatives from the Zimbabwe Teachers Union, PTUZ and the College Lecturers Association of Zimbabwe.

The Public Service Association, the Professional and Technical Officers Association and the Civil Service Employees Association of Zimbabwe are also represented.

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