Civil servants pin hopes on Zanu-PF
Felex Share Herald Reporter Civil servants’ unions have welcomed Zanu-PF’s resounding victory in the just-ended harmonised elections saying a one party Government will ensure their conditions of service and salaries are improved. The Government workers failed to get a meaningful salary increment during the tenure of the inclusive Government with the then Finance Minister and MDC-T secretary general Tendai Biti repeatedly telling them that Government had no money to meet their demands. The civil servants also failed to engage Government over salary negotiations as the outgoing Public Service Minister Lucia Matibenga evaded them and they accused her of being “arrogant” on the few occasions they met.
We welcome that victory because the creation of an educated population by the party since independence managed to see us having a high level of peace and tolerance before, during and after the elections,” he said. “We now expect the party to get into action now, continue with empowering programmes and ensure people’s lives are improved.” Mr Ndlovu said they expected to see the creation of jobs through the indigenisation and empowerment programmes.
“We need a curriculum that supports this thrust and we need a united labour force that is governed by harmonised labour laws and we do not want laws that continue to segregate civil servants from the rest of the workers,” he said. Civil servants’ salaries, Mr Ndlovu said, needed to be reviewed in line with the poverty datum line.
The lowest paid Government worker is getting US$297 while the PDL is over US$600.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Herald