WASHINGTON D.C. —
Apex Council, the civil servants’ umbrella body, is planning to convene a meeting in Harare on Friday to deliberate on the feedback from members of various unions following consultations over proposals by the government to pay each worker $100 as part of their outstanding June salaries.
This comes amid reports that the government has already deposited the money into workers’ bank accounts.
Apex Council chairperson Cecilia Alexander said they were surprised that the government went on to deposit the $100 before finalizing the issue with affected workers.
She said what was generally emanating from their members was that the money was not going to serve the intended purpose because it would be swallowed by loan payments and other bank charges.
“So, at the end of the day the issue of incapacitation has not been addressed,” Alexander said.
Some unions have openly rejected the deposited funds, arguing that it will not cushion them from anything since they have families to feed.
The government failed to meet its financial obligations in June due to lack of funds.
Alexander said they will come up with the way forward after receiving members’ feedback.