Wage talks hit brick wall

HARARE - Government and civil servants’ unions yesterday failed to agree on a salary increment, amid revelations the State was flatly refusing to award a minimum salary of $540.

Sifiso Ndlovu, Zimbabwe Teachers Association (Zimta) chief executive and one of the negotiators, told the Daily News in a telephone interview the meeting with government representatives failed to yield any results.

“We adjourned the meeting to Friday because there were two sticking points,” he said.

“The first one is that government says the poverty datum line (PDL) is $500 whilst we argue that it is $540. The second sticking point was that government said it can pay 75 percent of the PDL, while we are demanding that the least paid civil servant should pocket $540. There was no breakthrough but we will continue with the negotiations.”

Civil servants are demanding a minimum salary of $543 a month and non-monetary benefits such as housing stands and indigenisation benefits in their tabled position paper to government presented last December.
Currently, the least-paid government worker earns $297.

“There was movement from both sides and this is encouraging,” he said.

“We still have faith the government will honour the promises they made to us.

“Our membership is pregnant with expectations and anything that does not satisfy their expectations is not good.”

He said they would not use strike threats as a way to arm twist government.

“We haven’t issued out any ultimatum yet,” he said. “We believe in dialogue and we have hope that our demands will be met. If they are not, then we will consider other means.”

While Nicholas Goche, the Labour minister, was not picking up his phone yesterday, he said this week that government was committed to increasing civil servants’ salaries and that they would have  salary increments backdated to January.

Comments (7)

The action which was done by Moyo to Dead Bc must apply to ZINWA,4 months without salaries nhasi chaiye maManager naChief are having a meeting endaipo muone mari ichidyiwa ipapao apa wese awa sleeping in expensive Hotels washandi wachikwangwaya.Minister Kasukuwere muripiko zvamunenge makatorumiswawo nhamo yatiri kuchema nayo hamuinzwivo here.ZINWA YOURAYA WASHANDI NENZARA

ZINWA - 16 January 2014

The action which was done by Moyo to Dead Bc must apply to ZINWA,4 months without salaries nhasi chaiye maManager naChief are having a meeting endaipo muone mari ichidyiwa ipapao apa wese awa sleeping in expensive Hotels washandi wachikwangwaya.Minister Kasukuwere muripiko zvamunenge makatorumiswawo nhamo yatiri kuchema nayo hamuinzwivo here.ZINWA YOURAYA WASHANDI NENZARA

ZINWA - 16 January 2014

THIS GOVERNMENT IS NOT SERIOUS, WITH ALL THE WORK WE ARE DOING FOR THEM

ALLY - 16 January 2014

Honestly, how ca an a fully employed person be said to be living below the poverty datum line?And expect them to put in 100% in their work? Even the President wondered how civil servants were surviving.He actually admitted he paid his farm workers more.I will tell you how civil servants are surviving: theft of government property and corruption!!! Does anyone care?

Johno - 16 January 2014

The majority of employees in the private sector are not even earning the minimum wage of $297 that these civil servants are getting for less than 50% the input of the private sector employee. The majority of the civil servants are downright lazy and are economic saboteurs who would rather see the country sink as long as they get paid for just showing up at the office. They take their time to attend to critically important matters that have a direct bearing on business which creates wealth, all in the hope of extracting a bribe from business people who will be generating inflows into the government's coffers. Will someone see sense and refuse to budge. I am actually shocked that the government is even offering an increment at all! Surely someone in government is conniving with the enemy to bring down this country. Can we afford to go the route of South Africa where all they think of is striking? At over 70% of the revenue and climbing, can any sane person hope to squeeze blood from turnips? The size of the civil workforce is bloated, service delivery in the main is atrocious, and we have to reward this mediocrity with a "decent wage"! Let's see service delivery from the dedicated workers, fire the deadwood and reward the real workers with decent wages, then we are in agreement.

Togarasei Rwenya - 16 January 2014

We are flogging a dead horse. Hapana chinobuda apa. those clowns in government all send their kids to overseas schools. They are in government to ensure that they retire comfortably and that their kidz will rule us in the future. Its our kidz who will suffer in the end and remain uneducated.

Zvakapresser - 16 January 2014

Chikonzero Zimbabwe yacho..yatikwirisa makomo kudai kikkkkikiii Remember maiti magedjo munawo...........Thomas Pfumela Mapfumo......Corruption in the society

Clemence Tashaya - 16 January 2014

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