Govt raises wages for all civil servants


IN A bid to placate its restive workers, the government has offered higher salary increases to all civil servants beginning next month, the Daily News On Sunday reports. This will see the lowest paid civil servants who are currently getting $1 045 a month being paid $2 500 as from February — a 139 percent increase. The adjustments come as the prices of goods and services in the
country continue to shoot up — making life ever more miserable for long-suffering Zimbabweans. The increases also come after civil servants recently rejected a 97 percent offer from the government. However, government employees are still not happy that the new increments will only take effect next month. The new salary offer will see government workers in Grade C — who earn $1 146 a month — earning $2 680, representing a 133 percent increase. Grade D1 workers who currently earn $1 261 a month will have their salaries increased to $3 099 — which is a 146 percent increase. Those on Grade D3 salaries will see their wages rise from $1 287 a month to $3 162 — representing an increase of 131 percent. On the other hand, some of the highest
paid civil servants who fall under Grade E1 — who are being paid $1 380 a month — will now get $3 760, representing a 172 percent increase, while their Grade E5 bosses whose salaries are currently $1 885 a month will get a 145 percent raise to $4 631. However, civil servants have told the government that they will only take up the new offer on condition that they are effected this month. Government workers also want further negotiations to consider another increment in February, in line with inflation. The secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Agriculture Professional and Technical Workers Association (ZAPTA), Samuel Nenhowe, confirmed the government’s new offer yesterday saying civil servants still felt that the proposals fell short of their expectations. “The ball is now in the government’s
court to accede to our demand that the proposed increment be effective from this month because the negotiations commenced in October, with the employer showing the intention then to pay workers the new salaries in January 2020,” he said. He also revealed that civil servants had also set the condition that negotiations must continue to be held to review the cost of living adjustments (Cola) going forward. “Our argument remains that any figure less than the prevailing interbank rate is ridiculous and mischievous. “The purchasing power parity theory must be applied, which means our previous US$550 salaries must be restored and paid at the prevailing interbank rate. “We are not asking for a salary raise here, but the restoration of the status quo so that we are back to the financial position we were before the introduction of the fluid bond note,” Nenhowe said further.

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