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Striking Zimbabwe Civil Servants Return to Work; Leadership Says Action Continues

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

Sources said worker representatives and union leaders decided to call a return to work in response to reports of intimidation and victimization of state workers

Zimbabwean civil servants were to return to work on Tuesday four weeks after going out on strike, but their representatives said this decision does not mean the strike for increased salaries is over.

Sources said worker representatives and union leaders decided to call a return to work in response to reports of intimidation and victimization of state workers.

Civil servants are demanding a monthly base salary of US$630, but the government has said it cannot afford to make pay concessions at present and according to worker representatives has not engaged in talks.

Chairwoman Tendai Chikowore of the Apex Council, which negotiates on behalf of public employees, told VOA Studio 7 reporter Jonga Kandemiiri the council will demonstrate at the Public Service Commission until the government addresses grievances.

VOA was unable to obtain comment from Public Service Minister Eliphas Mukonoweshuro or another qualified government official.

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