Civil Servants Begin Two-Day Strike in Zimbabwe Over Wages

Civil Servants Begin Two-Day Strike in Zimbabwe Over Pay (News Central TV)

Reports indicate that Zimbabwean civil officials have started a two-day strike to demand pay raises.

Additionally, because the local currency is fast losing value, they want to be compensated in US dollars.

Unions claim that even though the government is doubling pay this month, the hikes have been negatively impacted by rising inflation, which is currently at nearly 190 percent.

Unions told newsmen that they anticipate all of their employees staying at home, which could cause significant disruptions to schools, healthcare facilities, and government functions.

But given that instructors appear to be at work, the strike does not appear to have been effectively observed. Doctors and nurses included, the average worker makes roughly $200 (£165) each month.

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The crisis in Ukraine has contributed to the almost 50% decline in the value of the Zimbabwean currency since January.

If their demands are not satisfied, unions want to strike for a longer period of time in September.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe has started selling gold coins to the general population in a bid to rein in the country’s rampant inflation, which has further depreciated the weak currency.

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, the nation’s central bank, made the announcement on Monday in an effort to increase public trust in the domestic currency.

On Monday, the commercial banks received 2,000 coins from the central bank. According to John Mangudya, governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, the coins were first struck outside of the nation but would eventually be made there.

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