CIVIL servants have accepted a 140% wage hike beginning this month, a union official mentioned yesterday, averting a possible strike in opposition to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s authorities.
Hovering inflation has eroded salaries and financial savings within the southern African nation, which is grappling with its worst financial disaster in a decade, marked by shortages of international alternate, meals, gas, electrical energy and medicines.
Earlier this month, the highest public employees union Apex Council rejected a authorities supply to double pay for workers, saying it was too little.
After one other spherical of negotiations which dragged into the early hours of Wednesday, an Apex Council official mentioned employees had accepted a pay deal that might see the bottom paid state workers getting $2 450 (US$146) a month, up from $1 033.
“This enhance doesn’t meet our demand, however we are going to take it whereas we proceed pushing the federal government to pay a rise that’s above inflation,” mentioned an Apex Council official, declining to be named as a result of he’s not authorised to talk to the Press.
Labour minister Paul Mavima couldn’t be reached for remark.
With year-on-year inflation estimated at 520% in December by economists and the native foreign money dropping worth, life is more and more laborious for peculiar Zimbabweans, who additionally must cope with the results of a devastating drought.
That has sapped any hope of an financial rebound promised by Mnangagwa when he was elected in a disputed election in 2018.
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