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Civil Servants Reject Govt’s $11 Pay Rise Offer

The government on Tuesday offered its workers 180 million Zimbabwe dollars (US$21 million) additional pay for the July to December period, which unions rejected as inadequate in the face of soaring inflation, a public sector union official said.

The amount, to be shared by 309,000 civil servants, would see each worker receiving only an additional $11.28 a month, Thomas Muzondo, the deputy chairman of public sector union Apex Council told Reuters after a meeting with government negotiators.

Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube had earlier said he has a surplus in his books and already had a figure in mind for the civil servants salaries.

“I have a (wage increase) figure already, and I am just waiting to hear from the unions. We will be meeting them tomorrow (today) to hear their figures,” Ncube told a meeting with local businesses in Harare.

Ncube said the government’s budget was in surplus for the first 6 months of the year.

The lowest paid public sector worker earns 430 Zimbabwe dollars ($49.54), which unions say has been hit by inflation of 97.85% in May.

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