Civil servants accept wage offer

Takavafira Zhou

By Nomalanga Moyo
SW Radio Africa
21 January 2014

Civil service unions have accepted the government’s offer of a $79 salary increment, which will see the lowest-paid worker earning a monthly wage of $375.

The civil servants had wanted the lowest paid worker to earn $540, in line with the poverty datum line, and as promised by Mugabe during last year’s elections.

But this was rejected by the government which says it has no money. Union representatives told the press that their hopes were now pinned on the mid-term budget review to achieve a decent wage.

Progressive Teachers Union President, Takavafira Zhou, said teachers, whose salaries have been increased by $54, were not buying the claim that there is no money.

“Government just does not prioritise education or value the civil service. How can they say there is no money when the country has all these mineral resources?

“We have a self-centred government that priorities looting, nepotism and all the ‘isms’ you can think of at the expense of its workers,” Zhou told SW Radio Africa Tuesday.

He said the $54 dollars government offer will see teachers, regardless of years in service, earning a salary of $500 to $530, which is still below the poverty threshold.

“The government has negotiated in bad faith. They took our position paper and tweaked it, and never exchanged theirs until we went into discussions.”

Zhou said they would now focus on negotiating with their employer over the promised non-monetary incentives, which include housing stands.

“Even with these incentives, there is no clarity or indication of how and when the government will begin to roll them out. All we were told was that the government will approach the local authorities, but no time frame has been set,” Zhou added.

The union leader slammed other civil service unions for lacking a unity of purpose during negotiations.

“The government was able to get away with this paltry offer because some union representatives were quick to accept the employer’s position without even consulting the membership,” Zhou told SW Radio Africa.

The head of the Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe, Manuel Nyawo, told the Newsday newspaper that they were unhappy with the offer but compromised in order to reach an agreement with government.



5 Responsesto “Civil servants accept wage offer”

  1. wilbert says:

    Everyone else saw this coming a long time ago, everyone that is except people like Takavafira Zhou. Zimbabweans have a knack for electing some of the most incompetent leaders – look at Tsvangirai, Biti, Zhou, Mugabe even worse. It is little wonder the country is in a real mess.

    “We have a self-centred government that priorities looting, nepotism and all the ‘isms’ you can think of at the expense of its workers,” Zhou told SW Radio Africa Tuesday. Hello, you only notice this now?

    Well unless we really make the effort to smarter our act the country is never going to get out of this mess, that is obvious!.

  2. wilbert says:

    Everyone else saw this coming a long time ago, everyone that is except people like Takavafira Zhou. Zimbabweans have a knack for electing some of the most incompetent leaders – look at Tsvangirai, Biti, Zhou, Mugabe even worse. It is little wonder the country is in a real mess.

    “We have a self-centred government that priorities looting, nepotism and all the ‘isms’ you can think of at the expense of its workers,” Zhou told SW Radio Africa Tuesday. Hello, you only notice this now?

    Well unless we really make the effort to smarter our act the country is never going to get out of this mess, that is obvious!.

  3. The Black Aristocrat says:

    Poor governance and endemic corruption, by a murderous criminal organisation plundering the country of it’s riches while using it’s own private army, police and CIO to protect itself and repress the Zimbabwean people, are the primary cause of Zimbabwe’s slide into bankruptcy and widespread poverty.

    If the leader of a major Government in the West flew half way across the world for health treatment at the taxpayers expense, they would be forced to resign.

    Not just because they used taxpayers money, but because they did not use the health services at home like the rest of the population.

    Any leader worthy of the name and concerned for the health of his people would NEVER have done such a thing.

    Mugabe, if the health services at home are not good enough for YOU, THEY ARE MOST DEFINITELY NOT GOOD ENOUGH for the Zimbabwean people, YOUR POLITICAL MASTERS.

    THIS IS APARTHEID PURE AND SIMPLE – one health service ABROAD for Mugabe and his military Junta and a run down destroyed health service at home for the Zimbabwean people, and if you don’t like it tough, complain and we will arrest you and put you in prison.

    And the Zanu PF Apartheid does not stop at HEALTH, there is now a Zanu PF APARTHEID EDUCATION system. With Mugabe and his henchmen, choosing to educate their children in expensive private schools ABROAD, rather than the education system they have destroyed at home, which ordinary Zimbabweans have to use, if they can find the money.

    Nor does the Zanu PF APARTHEID stop at HEALTH & EDUCATION, it now is alive and well in LAND REFORM. All the prime land is now in the hands of senior officials of the Zanu PF APARTHEID regime. It is impossible for an ordinary Zimbabwean to get access to the prime locations, they have to make do with small plots in poor agricultural locations.

    Incredibly, Zanu PF APARTHEID now affects the POLICE AND JUDICIAL SYSTEM TOO. One system for dealing with the the Zimbabwean people and opposition supporters – arrest on trumped up charges, imprisonment while we create the evidence – and another for Zanu PF and its supporters, iMPUNITY!

    Clearly, the African continent had thought they had seen the back of APARTHEID after it was shut down in South Africa, but like a phoenix from the Ashes, its back, but in a much worse form, because this Zanu PF version of APARTHEID is black on black (political and economic discrimination against those opposing Zanu PF).

    How
    is it that a leader in the poorest country in the world can do this ? Answer,
    he is not a leader, he is a DICTATOR,

    The Zimbabwean economic disaster and subsequent descent into abject poverty for millions, has in fact not been all bad news for the country though, as during this massive drop off in the wealth of the Nation, Zimbabwe has bizarrely ‘produced’ more billionaires than most of
    the other 50 or so rapidly growing African nations put together.

    Zimbabweans have sadly learned the hard way, that over the last 34 years Mugabe and Zanu PF have not been only bad for their health, but have also been very bad for their wealth.

    Though, at least as the rural communities stand outside their mud huts in rags hungry, and not knowing where their next meal is coming from, they can look up into the sky as the Zanu PF elite’s private jets scream overhead, sweeping their occupants majestically off to the luxury shopping centres of the East, and say to themselves, ‘you know without ‘liberation’ we would never of had the privilege of being able to see our leaders $20 million private jets fly over!

  4. The Black Aristocrat says:

    Poor governance and endemic corruption, by a murderous criminal organisation plundering the country of it’s riches while using it’s own private army, police and CIO to protect itself and repress the Zimbabwean people, are the primary cause of Zimbabwe’s slide into bankruptcy and widespread poverty.

    If the leader of a major Government in the West flew half way across the world for health treatment at the taxpayers expense, they would be forced to resign.

    Not just because they used taxpayers money, but because they did not use the health services at home like the rest of the population.

    Any leader worthy of the name and concerned for the health of his people would NEVER have done such a thing.

    Mugabe, if the health services at home are not good enough for YOU, THEY ARE MOST DEFINITELY NOT GOOD ENOUGH for the Zimbabwean people, YOUR POLITICAL MASTERS.

    THIS IS APARTHEID PURE AND SIMPLE – one health service ABROAD for Mugabe and his military Junta and a run down destroyed health service at home for the Zimbabwean people, and if you don’t like it tough, complain and we will arrest you and put you in prison.

    And the Zanu PF Apartheid does not stop at HEALTH, there is now a Zanu PF APARTHEID EDUCATION system. With Mugabe and his henchmen, choosing to educate their children in expensive private schools ABROAD, rather than the education system they have destroyed at home, which ordinary Zimbabweans have to use, if they can find the money.

    Nor does the Zanu PF APARTHEID stop at HEALTH & EDUCATION, it now is alive and well in LAND REFORM. All the prime land is now in the hands of senior officials of the Zanu PF APARTHEID regime. It is impossible for an ordinary Zimbabwean to get access to the prime locations, they have to make do with small plots in poor agricultural locations.

    Incredibly, Zanu PF APARTHEID now affects the POLICE AND JUDICIAL SYSTEM TOO. One system for dealing with the the Zimbabwean people and opposition supporters – arrest on trumped up charges, imprisonment while we create the evidence – and another for Zanu PF and its supporters, iMPUNITY!

    Clearly, the African continent had thought they had seen the back of APARTHEID after it was shut down in South Africa, but like a phoenix from the Ashes, its back, but in a much worse form, because this Zanu PF version of APARTHEID is black on black (political and economic discrimination against those opposing Zanu PF).

    How
    is it that a leader in the poorest country in the world can do this ? Answer,
    he is not a leader, he is a DICTATOR,

    The Zimbabwean economic disaster and subsequent descent into abject poverty for millions, has in fact not been all bad news for the country though, as during this massive drop off in the wealth of the Nation, Zimbabwe has bizarrely ‘produced’ more billionaires than most of
    the other 50 or so rapidly growing African nations put together.

    Zimbabweans have sadly learned the hard way, that over the last 34 years Mugabe and Zanu PF have not been only bad for their health, but have also been very bad for their wealth.

    Though, at least as the rural communities stand outside their mud huts in rags hungry, and not knowing where their next meal is coming from, they can look up into the sky as the Zanu PF elite’s private jets scream overhead, sweeping their occupants majestically off to the luxury shopping centres of the East, and say to themselves, ‘you know without ‘liberation’ we would never of had the privilege of being able to see our leaders $20 million private jets fly over!

  5. dumbu says:

    Majongwe is useless and he is being fed at the back door neglecting teachers. Why letting such a puppet leading some of the teachers ?

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