Civil servants warn of strike action if talks fail

HARARE - Civil and Health Services Apex Councils yesterday demanded an urgent solution to their grievances, warning that failure to address their concerns will result in workers unable to report for duty.

This comes as doctors are on strike, protesting the severe shortages of pharmaceutical drugs at public hospitals — as well as the selling of available drugs in foreign currency by retail pharmacies, the poor state of the country’s hospital infrastructure and their “falling” salaries which they now want the government to pay in foreign currency.

The Civil and Health Services Apex Councils — who are meeting the government tomorrow — are demanding the government to pay them in US dollars, pay bonus in full including allowances and to consult them when making decisions that affect workers. 

“It is common cause that the relentless spiralling of prices is increasingly making it impossible for workers to continue coming to work to the extent that any time soon workers will be completely incapacitated.

“The Health and Civil Services Apex Councils thus call upon your government to cause for an urgent meeting between ourselves and government to find common ground on the above issues.

“We caution that any rush to implement the above proposals will not have the support of workers and may cause dislocation in the workplace,” the joint statement said.
They demanded Finance minister Mthuli Ncube to review some of the 2019 budget proposals.

“The decision to pay bonus on basic salary is unacceptable to us and amounts to a withdrawal of a benefit much against the law.

“If workers are going to pay duty in forex, it follows that salaries should be paid in forex.

“This proposal on forex will have the effect of excluding civil servants from buying vehicles and some unmentioned foodstuffs. Our salaries are in RTGS, custom duty is in USD.

“If we convert our salaries to USD on the parallel market, we get jailed for 10 years.

“The budget does not at all mention a cost of living adjustment which is an urgent matter given the massive erosion of our incomes since the continuous and contouring surge in prices of basic goods and services.”

The Health and Civil Services Apex Councils added that the move to implement the said proposals by the Finance minister will cause unnecessary disharmony between workers and the government.


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Comments (3)

ZANU pf government is a brood of vipers. they will never pay heed to the troubles of others that is within their nature. its all talk but no action since they are birds of the same feather. they delude themselves that they have a divine mandate to rule yet actions speak louder than words. kungo zhamba kuti pfee pfee vanhu vachikuvara ne nhamo. heartless to the core

charera - 5 December 2018

Most of the civil service can be replaced over night by better qualified people . Take the risk of going on strike and lose your job . You are using the economic situation to armtwist the government . Remember the money is not available and this leaves the government with no choice but to let those who feel the salaries are too low to go and get jobs else where . This is not because the government does not want to pay better salaries but because the money is not available . Follow your unreasonable leaders calling for a strike and lose your job . Lets be patient as the government is working on the economy . Soon , things will be ok for Zimbabwe .

Hayibo - 6 December 2018

Hayibo unonyadzisa haufunge iwe I think ndiwe uri ku benefiter nekusuffer kurikuita ma civil servants. Shame on you

JCB - 6 December 2018

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