Govt and civil servants in crunch negotiations

By ZBC Reporter
NATIONAL Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC) engagements between the government negotiators and the civil servants representatives are currently underway in the resort town of Victoria Falls with the parties optimistic of reaching a deal on the revised salary offer.

The negotiations are being held on the sidelines of the ongoing NJNC Workshop which runs from the 27th to the 30th of January meant to among other things discuss current macro-economic issues, collective bargaining skills, productivity in the public sector and social protection benefits.

Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Professor Paul Mavhima highlighted government’s commitment to dialogue and expressed confidence that a deal will be reached during the ongoing engagements.
According to sources close to the ongoing engagements, the parties are gravitating towards an agreement with the effective date of the revised offer being one of the sticking issues.
Government is said to have offered a revised offer of 130 to 140 percent salary increase which would see the least paid employee earning between ZWL$2 200 and ZWL$ 3 500 per month. Treasury has in the past made a commitment to progressively review the civil servants salaries in line with the improved revenue inflows.