Govt, civil servants strike pay deal

HARARE - Government and civil servants have signed a pay deal that will see the least paid government worker getting a $79 salary increment.

Civil servants’ negotiators who spoke to the Daily News yesterday after a marathon meeting with government representatives said the lowest paid employee in Grade B1 will now receive a monthly salary of $375, up from $297.

On top of this, the government agreed with its employees on a housing scheme that will see the State giving civil servants houses.

A Civil Servants Resource Trust was also agreed upon that will see government workers participating in the indigenisation and empowerment drive.

Initially, civil servants wanted the least paid worker to earn $543 in line with the poverty datum line (PDL), in addition to other non-monetary benefits.

Raymond Majongwe, one of the negotiators and Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe secretary-general, expressed exasperation over the deal.

“I felt I was fighting a lone battle,” Majongwe told the Daily News.

“There were times I felt lonely in the negotiations. We signed a document that I was not happy with. What this means is that we now have to go back to our members and give them the feedback. From there on, we will chart a way forward.

“I must say I am happy that we crafted a road map that will see us continue to negotiate with government. This means we will live to fight another day. I hope things will be better in the future.”

Sifiso Ndlovu, Zimbabwe Teachers Association (Zimta) chief executive and one of the negotiators, conceded flaws in the deal.

“It is not the best deal that we wanted but it is fair,” Ndlovu said.

“Under the circumstances in which negotiations took place, I believe we tried our best. We will continue engaging the government because we believe there is more that needs to be done.

“We managed to get government to agree to the poverty datum line of $505 and the lowest paid worker will get 75 percent of this figure. This is not the best deal but it’s a starting point.”

Government and its workers started negotiations late last year amid bickering.

At one time Majongwe threatened a national teachers strike, but his counter parts from Zimta said he was jumping the gun.

Comments (10)

half a loaf is better than nothing comrades at least there is progress

gasseler - 21 January 2014

PAMBERI MBERI NEKUSHANDA MS COMRADES. PASI NE NHARADADA

HONDO YEMINDA - 21 January 2014

Given the current status of the economy, the Unions did their best. However it is important that the membership take hard look at the people representing them, their performance over the years has not been up to scratch. It is in the interest of the membership to hold them to account and where necessary recall them. This can only be done if the membership takes active interest in their own welface rather than expect half hearted performers and tricksters to continue representing their interests with no tangible results..There is no free lunch in this world..tough luck!

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Gore - 21 January 2014

these representatives have been given money chete,all of a sudden zvongonzi 79 yacho uku PDL yacho has gone down from 540 to 505, iii maone

manuwero - 21 January 2014

These cowards did it again. The very same people who were busy singing about the failure of the inclusive government are expressing satisfaction over a raw deal. A big shame on these paralyzed unions. Who do you think you are fulling? The very people who were agitating for US$900 express satisfaction over something that is not even a fraction of that? Housing scheme...for who this time around what criteria are gonna use that you did not use in the past? It's pathetic for the poor servant. Again we continue to wallow in poverty. My heart bleeds and again shame on you so-called negotiators!!

Regalia - 21 January 2014

tosangana pama Incentives & extra lessons. We have to change their name only.

dennis moto - 21 January 2014

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dennis moto - 21 January 2014

I don't think these unions make any difference. The Government will adjust salaries after considering expected revenue inflows. The unions will do nothing if there are limited revenue inflows and the government, through its own discretion, will definitely increase civil servants salaries without any pressure from these unions but from pressure from their expected obligations /need to look after their workers. The truth is that government does not need any pressure from these so called unions. Civil servants should only worry about revenue flows.

Reality - 22 January 2014

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