Zim civil servants reject allowance offer

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Zimbabwe’s civil servants have turned down Government’s proposal to pay a monthly “cushioning” allowance of RTGS$97 per employee.

The proposed allowance is part of a package that authorities in Harare have been putting together to cushion employees from the high cost of living.

Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Dr Sekai Nzenza could not be reached for comment, though indications are she will likely meet civil servant representatives on Thursday.

After an Apex Council meeting on Wednesday, the grouping’s secretary David Dzatsunga told ZTN News that “the allowance is a mockery”.

The Apex Council is an amalgamation of all civil servant bodies in Zimbabwe, and wants Government to increase salaries from RTGS$600 to at least RTGS$4 500.