Zimbabwe’s public sector workers reject new wage deal

Zimbabwe’s public sector workers have rejected the government’s latest offer to nearly double the salaries of the country’s lowest paid employees as the Union says it is not enough to cushion them against soaring prices.

Public workers’ union , Apex Council explains that there will also be a one-off allowance of 750 Zimbabwe dollars on offer.

Apex Council deputy chairman, Thomas Muzondo says the offers will be rejected adding that the union will meet on Monday to decide on its next action.

Public sector workers have insisted that the government reverts to the October 2018 salaries.The least paid worker then, received $475 a month.

Zimbabwe re-introduced a local currency last year, which sparked increases in prices of basic goods and services and inflation, which economists say reached 400% in November.

Salaries have lagged, angering workers, including most junior doctors at state hospitals, who have remained on strike since September.

Hopes that the economy will quickly recover under President Emmerson Mnangagwa have faded as the economy grapples with 18-hour daily power cuts, shortages of fuel, foreign currency and medicines in government hospitals.

The country’s economy is experiencing its worst crisis in a decade while poor rains worsen its food security situation.

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