Civil servants reject US$75 increase… Protest to go on

indafrica June 18, 2020
Updated 2020/06/18 at 1:56 AM

Unions representing civil servants have rejected the government’s US$75 monthly allowance saying that it is ‘too little, too late’.

The unions insisted that they want a decent wage. Some of the unions dismissed the offer saying that they want a monthly salary of US$520 saying that this is what they used to earn in 2017.

The developments come after the government through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development gave the civil servants a salary increment of 50 per cent.

The increment also applies to pensioners.

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In addition to the 50 percent salary increase, t he government also introduced a Covid-19 allowance of US$75 which will be paid for the next 3 months, starting June, using foreign currency nostro accounts.

However, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) seems to not have been impressed by the increment and the allowance. Writing on social media, the ZCTU dismissed the offer as ‘Mazepe’, vernacular for a corn-based snack favoured by kids.

This seems to be a witty play on ‘earning peanuts’. Instead, the ZCTU called for an ‘inclusive reform agenda’ Said the union,

Too late, too little
We need an inclusive economic reform agenda that addresses economic fundamentals. Workers deserve decent salaries

The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) also dismissed the offer and insisted that the protests which have been scheduled for next week will go ahead. ARTUZ wants the government to pay teachers US$520 a month. Writing on social media, the teachers’ union said,

Our members have rejected this offer. We still demand our 2017 salaries, USD 520. We are consulting other Teacher Unions for possible joint actions. The 22 June protest will go ahead as scheduled.

Other unions representing different civil servants are yet to comment on the matter.

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