|Civil servants give Govt two-week ultimatum|
|Thursday, 05 July 2012 16:58|
CIVIL servants have given Government a two-week ultimatum to improve their salaries and working conditions or face a nationwide strike.
The resolution was made by the Apex Council after a National Joint Negotiating Council meeting in Harare yesterday.
According to the Apex Council the Government came to the negotiating table “empty handed”.
The Apex Council brings together the Public Service Association, Zimbabwe Teachers Association, Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe and Teachers Union of Zimbabwe.
Apex Council chairperson Mrs Tendai Chikowore said nothing concrete came out of yesterday’s meeting.
“To us this is a way of buying time and we are giving them time to do something in 14 days because it is a matter that should be treated with urgency.”
Mrs Chikowore, who is also Zimta president, said they had also considered that Finance Minister Tendai Biti will be presenting the Mid-Term Policy Statement next week. “It is our hope that Minister Biti will consider our plight and offer us something reasonable since he ignored us in the last budget announcement. We have decided to wait for his presentation,” she said.
In their demands submitted yesterday, the workers are demanding an all-inclusive salary of US$564 for the least paid worker and 15 percent of the basic salary as rural allowance.
TUZ president Mr Lovemore Mufamba said Government had promised to increase salaries in July but was now reneging on the agreement.
He said they will start mobilising for the strike if nothing comes up in the Mid Term Review Policy Statement.
PTUZ secretary Raymond Majongwe said a political decision was needed to ensure civil servants get an increment.
The workers wrote to President Mugabe last month imploring him to intervene in the salary impasse.
Government chief negotiator Mr Prince Mupazviriho was also not reachable.