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Negotiators for Zimbabwe State Workers Disavow Demands FM Resign

  • Jonga Kandemiiri

Negotiator Tendai Chikowore said civil servants will decide their next move after her Apex Council meets with government officials on Friday

Negotiators for Zimbabwean civil servants have distanced themselves from demands by a group of war veterans calling for the resignation of Finance Minister Tendai Biti over his refusal to increase public wages as President Robert Mugabe has demanded.

Apex Council Chairwoman Tendai Chikowore said the war veterans who besieged Biti's office on Monday do not fall under her council nor do they represent civil servants.

About 200 war veterans demanded Biti immediately raise public salaries and pensions or resign, amplifying pressure from President Mugabe for pay increases.

Chikowore said civil servants will decide their next move after her council meets with government representatives on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe said 70 percent of teachers in Zimbabwe have gone out on strike following its labor action call last week.

But National Association of Primary Headmasters Phillip Rudanda said he did not believe that many teachers were striking as most are waiting to see what happens on Friday.

Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe General Secretary Raymond Majongwe said members of other organizations as well as his own were on strike.

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