March 24, 2021

Government, Workers Haggle Over Pay Offer

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Takudzwa Chihambakwe

Government workers in Zimbabwe have accused their employer of breaching salary negotiation protocols.

Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Professor Paul Mavima was quoted in The Sunday Mail as saying Government was offering a staggered 75 percent pay hike.

But workers say they were taken aback by the announcement, which they feel was made outside the formal negotiation framework.

Government and civil servants negotiate salaries under the National Joint Negotiation Council.

ZTN spoke to David Dzatsunga, Secretary General of the Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions.

“As a unionist and a worker what comes to mind is why would you table or publish an offer that has not been presented in a formal negotiation forum?” asked Dzatsunga.

“That is very much against the ethics of the union movement and the social dialogue ethics that we should all observe – that is both parties, Government and labour,” he added.

But Minister Mavima insists the Government did not breach any rules.

“… what had not been publicised but which was communicated to the apex council (Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions) was that on offer was 70 percent. 25 percent will start in April and the 45 percent will be effective in June.”

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