Zimbabwe: Govt, Civil Servants in Cordial Meeting

Representatives from Government and civil servants met yesterday and exchanged notes in a friendly atmosphere on a cost of living adjustment (COLA), before adjourning to allow for further consultations.

The two parties are expected to resume the discussions potentially next week.

Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister, Professor Paul Mavima, told The Herald yesterday that the meeting was deferred to allow further consultations.

“Representatives from both sides met and the meeting was deferred to allow both sides to make further consultations. Once the two parties have consulted they will reconvene,” said Prof Mavima.

In a statement last night, Public Service Commission (PSC) Secretary Ambassador Jonathan Wutawunashe confirmed the adjournment of the discussions.

“Negotiations between Government and its workforce began in earnest and in a cordial and constructive atmosphere this afternoon (yesterday) as the Government team and workers’ representatives exchanged notes on cost of living adjustment and on other matters relating to the welfare of civil servants.

“The meeting adjourned in the late afternoon to facilitate consultations, and it is expected that the talks will resume as early as next week,” said Ambassador Wutawunashe.

PSC head of human capital and management, Mr Moses Mhike, who was the team leader, could not be drawn into commenting substantively on how the negotiations went on, saying he needed time to brief his constituency first.