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Freezing of Zimbabwe State Posts Angers Civil Servants

Zimbabwe has frozen processing of transfers and filling of vacant posts setting a collision course with the country’s 230,000 workers.

This means that even teachers who want to further their education will be affected by the move. The government said this was because of budgetary constraints.

Relations between government and civil servants have remained frosty following the public service’s failure to meet the workers’ demands on a salary increase.

The latest announcement worsened the relations between the government and its workers who say their working conditions will be worsened.

In a letter addressed to heads of ministries recently, Public Service Commission secretary Pretty Sunguro said government would no longer allow any working conditions adjustments within the civil service.

“Please be advised that at its meeting of February 26, 2013 the public service commission directed that there shall be no more creation of new posts, filling of vacant posts and processing of performance advancements services due to budgetary constraints,” the State-run Herald quoted her as saying.

The Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association secretary general, Richard Gundane said they are not happy that the announcement was made in the media without them knowing anything.