The government has given in to pressure from civil servants’ unions to disband the National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC), which the workers claimed had yielded nothing after two years.
The NJNC brought together the government and unions representing civil servants for negotiations on the latter’s salaries and conditions of service.
Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare minister Paul Mavima said the government will replace the council with the Collective Bargaining Chamber (CBC). He said:
We are in the process of creating a CBC to replace the NJNC. I, therefore, call upon you all to give your views on this exciting development and to ensure that you contribute meaningfully to this process.
Mavima made the revelations while addressing delegates attending a Zimbabwe Teachers Association workshop on the need for social dialogue.
Last month, the Federation of Zimbabwe Educators Union (FOZEU) wrote to Mavima advising him that the APEX Council had withdrawn from the NJNC and the Health Service Bipartite Negotiating Forum (BNP) forum.