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Zimbabwe Civil Service Salary Talks to be Expanded to Include Teacher Unions


Zimbabwe Teachers Association Secretary General Richard Gundani said the talks were put off so arrangements could be made for the organizations representing teachers to officially take part in the negotiations

Zimbabwean civil servants and government representives who were scheduled to meet on Tuesday to discuss salary demands by the public employees pushed off the meeting to February 2 so the negotiations could be expanded.

Zimbabwe Teachers Association Secretary General Richard Gundani said the talks were put off so arrangements could be made for the organizations representing teachers to officially take part in the negotiations.

Those include the Zimbabwe Teachers Association and the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe.

Civil service representatives want a monthly base salary of US$630 including housing and transport allowances.

Gundani of the Teachers Association told VOA Studio 7 reporter Patience Rusere that he hopes an agreement on pay can be reached in the next round of talks. Civil Service Minister Eliphas Mukonoweshuro also voiced optimism as to an agreeement, saying a solution is in everyone's interest.

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