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Zimbabwe Deputy PM Assures Civil Servants Harare Working on Pay Solution


Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara on Thursday told civil servants and government representatives that civil service salaries are not frozen, contrary to recent statements by Finance Minister Tendai Biti

Zimbabwean Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara on Thursday told a meeting of civil servants and government representatives that civil service salaries are not frozen, contrary to recent declarations by Finance Minister Tendai Biti which angered public workers and set up a clash within Biti's Movement for Democratic Change party.

The meeting in Kariba was expected to lead to a new round of salary negotiations. Mutambara told those present that the government is looking into demands for a significant rise in public salaries and will come up with a solution.

Civil servants want a base monthly salary of some US$600, but Biti has said the government cannot afford this.

Chairwoman Tendayi Chikowore of the Apex Council representing civil servants in discussions with the government told VOA Studio 7 reporter Patience Rusere that state workers were satisfied with Mr.. Mutambara’s assurances.

Chikowore added that she feels confident an amicable solution will be found.

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