The Sunday Mail
Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Professor Paul Mavima says it is not true that teachers are incapacitated to report for work as Government has effected over 90 percent salary increment since the beginning of the year.
Professor Mavima told The Sunday Mail Online that teachers facing personal financial challenges should take advantage of the Government Employees Mutual Savings (GEMS) loan facility.
He said Government will convene a National Joint Negotiating Forum (NJNC) conference in the last quarter of the year to review salaries.
“I don’t agree with the assertion that teachers are incapacitated because in our last increment the representatives of the workers endorsed the offer saying it more or less reflected their expectations,” he said.
“We have adjusted salaries by over 90 percent since the beginning of the year and I think this amount shows our desire to improve the conditions of the workers.”
The Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions secretary-general Mr David Dzatsunga said civil servants are expecting to meet Government to discuss remuneration issues by the end of this month or early October.
“The Government is aware of our concerns and in our last NJNC meeting we agreed to meet again later this month or beginning of October,” he said.