Representatives of civil servants in Zimbabwe have described as an insult government’s offer to pay a token salary of 100-dollars by Friday.
Full salaries for teachers, health workers and pensioners will only be paid in July as the government struggles to find resources.
Civil servant salaries average over $300 a month. Civil servants representative, Cecilia Alexander says they will consult workers whether to accept the advance for transport.
“We are disturbed that the unilateralism of government further confirms our earlier assertion that they are negotiating in bad faith. We are requesting that pensioners and health personnel are an essential and vulnerable respectively and thus their pay date is brought forward.”
During a second round of negotiations, government said the token payment would assist civil servants to get to work, while government tries to source full salaries.
“Government has offered to pay 100 dollars as an advance by Friday, this will alleviate their challenges so they can go to work,” says Labour Minister Prisca Mupfumira.