Zimbabwe: Govt, Civil Servants in Deadlock Over Wages Talks

FRIDAY’S much-touted meeting between government and its civil servants’ representative proved fruitless after the workers rejected what they referred to as a “measly offer by an ungrateful employer”.

Government had called for the meeting after the civil servants informed its employer they would engage in a “full-scale” industrial action if their demand for cost of living adjustments (COLA) was not address within seven days.

However, ahead Friday’s meeting, the government threatened to withhold the salaries for any employee who did not report for work.

The strike threats come at time when schools are set for reopening for the 2021 year next Monday.

In response, to the government’s threats “intimidatory statement issued Public Service Commission secretary Jonathan Wutawunashe, the workers’ representatives had threatened to boycott Friday’s meeting.

However, they later resolved to attend.

Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (ZCPSTU), spokesperson David Dzatsunga told NewZimbabwe.com the meeting had ended with no agreement and they would consult members on the way forward.

“There is nothing to bring back home to you our constituency. The government’s offer does not even whisper to our demands which we have been tabling since we started negotiations post the dollarised era of October 2018,” he said.

“In today’s (Friday) meeting, the government tabled a derisory offer of 25% with effect from 01 April 2021 against the 151% offered accorded to other sectors,” Dzatsunga said.