Civil servants will get a 100 per cent salary increment with effect from 1 July 2022, a cabinet minister has said.
Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Paul Mavima said public sector workers will continue to receive the US$100 component of their salaries and US$75 allowances introduced last year.
The Government and civil servants met under the National Joint Negotiating Committee (NJNC) on Friday to discuss a cost of living adjustment for civil servants but the meeting ended in a deadlock.
Mavima told State media that another NJNC meeting has been scheduled for this week. He said:
The Government team will consult to see if there can be any variation to what was initially offered, which is a 100 per cent increment.
This will all be done in consideration of the Treasury’s capacity.
However, what Government has offered, it is going to implement with effect from July 1, because we realise the importance of the need for us to cushion our workers.
Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (ZCPSTU) president Cecilia Alexander said:
The NJNC meeting failed to reach a consensus after the employer initially brought an offer of an 80 per cent increase in local currency, which would see the lowest paid civil servant move from $18 000 to $32 000.
They later upped the offer to 100 per cent, which the workers flatly rejected.
The employer requested time to consult their principals on the workers’ proposals and to properly interrogate the altered position brought by the workers.
Civil servants have raised their demands from the restoration of the pre-October 2018 salaries of US$540 to demanding US$840 for the lowest-paid worker.