GOVERNMENT has offered civil servants a paltry 10 percent wage increase which is going to be only effective in April this year, a development that will see the lowest paid worker receiving $41 more.
The move will likely trigger a major outburst from the civil servant who had returned to work in good faith after they had tabled their grievances to their employer.
The pay increase follows months of lobbying for a wage review by the country’s restless workforce which necessitated a recent round of negotiations between the parties.
Briefing journalists on the new offer by government, APEX Council chairperson, Cecilia Alexander (pictured) said they were rejecting the paltry increase, which comes after prices of goods and services have tripled in the past three months.
“It is quite disturbing that government brought a 10 percent offer which translates to only $41 for the least paid civil servant and as APEX Council negotiators, we have rejected this offer in totality and now we are going back to give feedback to our constituencies who will advise us on the way forward,” she said.
In November last year, civil servants demanded $1 733 pay for least paid government worker.
Currently, the lowest paid gets $414.
Civil servants have given government a 14-day notice after which they will go on a massive strike to press for a living wage.
Treasury insists it has no money to meet the salary increases as suggested by government employees with President Emmerson Mnangagwa insisting that any pay hike shall be within budget limits.