WASHINGTON D.C. —
Apex Council chairperson Cecilia Alexander says civil servants’ unions are currently consulting members over government proposals to pay each worker $100 this month following Zimbabwe’s failure to meet its financial obligations this month.
The government said this money, to be paid Friday, was designed to cushion them from expected challenges until they get paid next week and in two weeks’ time.
“Yesterday we met government and insisted on our position that workers must be able to report for work because they are incapacitated to do so, that is if they fail to pay them their salaries on the due dates,” Alexander said.
She said the government then came up with a stop-gap measure saying it was able to pay each worker $100 on Friday to enable them to report for work.
“Unfortunately, we are only representatives. We cannot make decisions, so we have to go back to the people, consult the people and bring back whatever the people say,” she added.
The Monday deadlock followed another last week after workers insisted that they should be paid June salaries this month and not in July as proposed by government.
Alexander said they have also called for a labour forum Saturday where all civil servants will be given an opportunity to contribute to the discussion.