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Zimbabwe Cabinet Agrees Pay Increase For Restive Civil Servants

A pay increase is in the works for Zimbabwean civil servants, the state-run Bulawayo Chronicle newspaper reported on the weekend.

Education Minister Aenias Chigwedere told the Chronicle that the government has approved salary increases following a meeting last week of an inter-ministerial task force. He said the panel made recommendations on how to prevent strikes and staunch brain drain of key professionals from the country.

In a related development, the Zimbabwe Teachers Association, whose members went out on strike recently, was set to meet with the Public Service Commission

But sources said the government has excluded the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe from the talks. The PTUZ was the first teachers union to call a strike.

Progressive Teachers Union General Secretary Raymond Majongwe told reporter Jonga Kandemiiri of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe that the government is not helping matters by talking only to the Zimbabwe Teachers Association.

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