Another pay rise for Zimbabwe civil servants

Government says it will award its workers another pay increase in June as prices of basic commodities continue to sky rocket, eroding the purchasing power of disposable incomes.

Civil servants in March agreed to a salary increase of between 25% and 29% as part of a $400 million cost of living adjustment after months of haggling.

Under the deal, a civil servant earning $441 is now being paid $570, while those currently getting $519 are now earning $649. Initially, the civil servants were demanding a minimum salary of $1 700 and later demanded $3 000 when the government devalued the local currency in the form of the real time gross settlement dollars and bond notes.

During the negotiations, civil servants were divided on the way forward with others advocating for a strike while others fiercely opposed it, fearing that it would be hijacked by politicians in the aftermath of the January 14-16 anti-government protests.

At the end, teachers agreed to go it alone.

The strike lasted for a few days before it was called off to allow room for negotiations. Government, however, went on to punish the striking teachers.

The agreement would continue and sector-specific allowances and other non-monetary incentives will also be considered.

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