GOVERNMENT productivity continues to be marred by chaos as more civil servants declare incapacitation, demanding that they be paid in United States-dollar denominated salaries.
The Apex Council is demanding US$475 for the least paid civil servant and has threatened industrial action if their demands are not met.
The civil servants’ representative body said government workers would no longer be able to give normal services, advising the employer that those unable to report for duty should not should not be victimised or charged.
“It is our expectation that workers who fail to come to works because they cannot afford to will not be victimised in any way and that instead they will be capacitated”
In a communiqué addressed to the National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC)’s Britto Chimbunde, the Apex Council said: “Disturbed that the Government of Zimbabwe continues to ignore the workers’ position paper that the US$475.00 October 2018 salary for the lowest paid worker be multiplied by the interbank rate of the day to maintain the value of earnings.”
The communiqué also took exception to government not acceding to their demand that they be paid salaries which are at par with the prevailing US$-denominated interbank rate, but has allowed its businesses and agencies such as Zera and Zesa to benchmark their prices according to the prevailing interbank rate.
The council further accused government of knowingly contravening section 65(4) of the Constitution, including the International Labour Organisation’s conventions 87 and 98 which allow workers the right to fair and reasonable wages.
The latest communiqué from the Apex Council follows the month-long battle between government on the one hand against doctors, nurses and teachers on the other.
The latest development would imply the entire civil service being paralysed.