Drama as public workers reject 15% salary increase


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  • May 15, 2018 - 11 a.m.

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Public sector workers in Zimbabwe on Tuesday reportedly rejected an improved salary offer of 15 percent from President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.

The workers insisted they wanted wages for the lowest paid employees to more than double.

This comes after reports revealed that the government on Friday agreed to raise salaries by 10 percent for the army, police and other civil servants from July when Zimbabwe is expected to hold its first general election since Robert Mugabe left power in 2017.
 
The new president, who came to power following a de facto army coup against 94-year-old Mugabe in November, has already faced public sector anger when doctors and nurses went on strike in March and April.

Reacting to the development, Apex Council chairperson, Cecilia Alexander, “We would like to urge the government to improve the salary of the lowest paid to PDL.

“We have not yet reached a deadlock. Dialogue is still ongoing,” Alexander added. 

Apex Council, the union which represents all government workers, further noted that the government’s higher offer on Monday was still below the Poverty Datum Line (PDL) used to assess whether a person is deemed poor.

The southern African nation already spends more than 90 percent of its national budget on salaries and pensions, but Mnangagwa is trying hard to curb strikes by public workers before the elections, whose date he is yet to announce.
 
Zimbabwe’s PDL is 591 dollars, while the lowest government worker earns 253 dollars a month.


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