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Zimbabwe State Workers Demand Increase in Entry-Level Salary to US$500

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

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Representatives of state employees were to meet Tuesday with counterparts in the administration under the framework of the Joint Negotiating Council to discuss compensation for public employees in 2010

Zimbabwean civil servants who earn an average of US$155 a month want that bare-bones compensation raised over the national poverty line to US$500, threatening to go on strike if the government refuses an increase.

Representatives of state employees were to meet Tuesday with counterparts in the administration under the framework of the Joint Negotiating Council to discuss compensation for public employees in 2010.

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions said salaries for public workers should be increased in line with a pickup in the economy.

Public Service Association Executive Secretary Emmanuel Tichareva told VOA Studio 7 reporter Jonga Kandemiiri that civil servants are hopeful that the government will come through with a raise for them.

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