While the Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) and the Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (TUZ) welcomed the increments, the combative and militant Progressive Teachers Union Zimbabwe (PTUZ) and the Zimbabwe Nurses Association (ZINA) said in separate interviews with Radio VOP they were disappointed by the “meagre” award.
Both PUTZ and ZINA categorically stated that the money was “very little” and not enough to sustain the worker in an environment where the poverty dictum line is estimated at US$502.
Latest statistics show that averagely the least paid government worker got US$253.
Raymond Majongwe, the secretary general of PUTZ, said the government was playing games with the lives of civil servants. He said his union was not happy at all with the increment.
“We are not happy at all, no sober person and no genuine worker will say they are happy with this increment, the money is just too little,” he said.
ZINA chairperson for Harare province Mugove Chipfurutse said he was equally disappointed with the government for giving civil servants such a low wage increase and that it was not what they were expecting.
“Things are not good for us the money we got is way below our expectations. A senior nurse getting average of US$384 and a junior nurse getting an average of US$350 is just not enough, it is not what we were expecting” said Chipfurutse.
A teacher who preferred to be unanimous also expressed his dismay over the increment saying the
President Robert Mugabe and the two Movements for Democratic Change (MDC) formations have been at logger-heads of civil servants salaries.
Finance Minister Tendai Biti last week told parliament that there would be no supplementary budget to carter for civil servants salary increment.
There was speculation the award could have been financed from the sale of the Marange diamonds.