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Striking Zimbabwean Civil Servants Roll Out Workplace Sit-In Strategy


Zimbabwe Teachers Association President Tendayi Chikowore, chairman of the Apex Council negotiating panel for civil servants, said worker representatives and government officials might meet this week to discuss salary demands

Zimbabwe's striking civil servants, now in week three of a strike to back up demands for increased salaries, started sitting in Monday at their workplaces.

Representatives of the country's state employees said a majority of them showed up today to take their usual places - but without performing their duties.

Zimbabwe Teachers Association President Tendayi Chikowore, chairman of the Apex Council negotiating panel for civil servants, told VOA Studio 7 reporter Patience Rusere that worker representatives and government officials might meet this week to discuss the demand by unions and worker associations for a minimum salary of US$630 a month.

The strike by public workers has paralyzed most of the country's ministries and agencies and forced many Zimbabweans to put their lives on hold, reported VOA Studio 7 correspondent Arthur Chigoriwa from the Mashonaland West capital of Chinhoyi.

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