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Civil Servants Unions Hint of Strike If Monday Salary Talks Flounder

Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe secretary general Raymond Majongwe addressing members of his union. (Photo" PTUZ)

Some civil servants representative organisations have hinted that their members may be forced not to report for duty from Tuesday next week if a meeting between government ministers and civil servants scheduled for Monday afternoon does not yield positive results.

This followed a deadlock between the two parties Wednesday over the shifting of pay dates after the government’s proposal to pay June salaries beginning at the end of the month and into next month owing to poor revenue inflows.

PTUZ general secretary Raymond Majongwe said their members will not be able to go to work beginning Tuesday next week if they are not paid this month.

“We categorically made it very clear that we are not going to accept this. If the government goes ahead and implement it then we will not be able to report for work because our May salaries will only take us as far as month end,” Majongwe said.

David Dzatsunga, who is the president of the College Lecturers Association of Zimbabwe (COLAZ) also said they cannot accept any government explanations with regards to their salaries, adding that they will stick to their demands that government pay them this month.

“People will be forced not to report for work if they are not paid this month. Our members will decide in the event we fail to agree Monday,” Dzatsunga said.

ZIMTA chairperson Richard Gundani said since they are in the middle of discussing the issue, they will only be able to map they way forward after the Monday meeting.

The government was represented by Labour Minister Prisca Mupfumira, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa, Health Minister David Parirenyatwa and Reserve bBank of Zimbabwe governor John Mangudya while civil servants were represented by the Apex Council.

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