One of the civil service yesterday made a statement that the state workers had allegedly embraced 76% salary adjustment made by their employer, hardly a week after they had turned down the offer ,describing it as falling far too short of their expectation.
“According to this development ,the lowest paid worker is expected to take home $1023”,read part of the statement.
Through their representative body ,the Apex Council, the state employees are said to haveprovisionally settled for the offer tabled by their employer while negotiations for a better living wage were ongoing.
While Apex Council accepted the offer ,other organisations seem to dispute that.
The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe president Takavafira Zhou is not on the same page in acceptance of the offer , in fact dismissed the salary deal as insignificant ,labelling Apex Council leaders as government oppositions.
“The tragedy is that they benefit at the expense of the rest of the civil servants. It is a wake up call for all civil servants to fight to remove the Apex Council. Teachers will remain incapacitated ; I don’t see the 3rd term opening. Examination classes will be affected,” Zhou said.
Reports have claimed government is willing to turn the military and use soldiers and war veterans as invigilators, if teachers do not comply.
The salary adjustment came as teachers had threatened to be unavailable at schools opening, while other civil servants among them doctors and college lectures claimed they were unable to continue reporting for duty .