Zim civil servants strike for 150% pay rise

2011-06-22 22:07

Harare - Civil servants in Zimbabwe on Wednesday began an indefinite strike, demanding a pay hike of at least 150% and action against militants targeting teachers in rural areas.

The public sector industrial action is particularly strong among teachers, who have borne the brunt of the violence.

But the government in Harare insisted it had no spare resources to fund any increase in civil servant pay.

"We are all aware of the situation of the civil servants. The cabinet is willing to address the situation of civil service but you must appreciate that for that to happen you must have money in the treasury. It must be sustainable," said Samuel Sipepa-Nkomo, Zimbabwe's acting finance minister told German press agency dpa.

Sipepa-Nkomo added that Harare was hoping to flush-out so-called "ghost workers", teachers at work but not actually teaching, before conducting a review of salaries.

But Raymond Majongwe, secretary general of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe, said: "That is not our business to manage the economy. We have diamonds, uranium and so many minerals. Where is that money going? They are busy enriching themselves at our expense."

Earlier this year, President Robert Mugabe promised all civil servants a 100% pay increase using proceeds from sales of diamonds.

  • NATO OFFICE - 2011-06-22 22:56

    150% ?????? We cant get 15% this side of the Limpopo

      makgala - 2011-06-23 08:58

      i believe these guys earn usd$300 which is about R2100. A 150% increase will bring their salaries to usd$750, which translates to R5250. A qualified teacher earning less than R6000! Seems the 150% they are demanding is too little

      NATO OFFICE - 2011-06-23 09:27

      i agree

      Wow! - 2011-06-23 10:55

      Yea well 150% of very little IS very little. But no bucks in the bank.

      Brieuse - 2011-06-25 19:04

      What the idiots don't understand is, money does not grow on trees

  • Ogre - 2011-06-23 00:37

    At this rate bob is going to go through knee pads at one helluva rate to beg funds from SA. The $80 million he requested from Zuma last week was only enough for weekend shopping.

  • Godwin - 2011-06-23 05:14

    Super minister Biti should unlock the purse or else....

      Wow! - 2011-06-23 10:52

      What purse? That is the problem - there is no money in the treasury. To open the purse results in hyper-inflation under these circumstances and Zimbabwe was there two years ago.

      DJI - 2011-06-23 19:17

      Zimbabwe is still there, they just use another currency now, the currency of the evil west. they must ask the pockets of the elite to be emptied, this is where all the money of the diamonds is going. and this is the same juliaaaaaas wants in SA. The majority and the poor will not see a cent. Well done mugabe, a beautiful country in the rubble.

  • Deeteem - 2011-06-23 06:54

    Take note S A Trade unions - think big like these guys and you too, can be eating sand for Christmas !!!

  • bosegoos - 2011-06-23 08:23

    The Zim civil servants should be hailed for their responsible action. To claim a mere 150% increase in a country where the inflation rate was not so long ago in 4 digits bears testimony of their dedication.

      Wow! - 2011-06-23 10:53

      It is not a responsible action at this time. There is no money in the treasury and there are many other costs that need to bnbe met. Mugabe MUST go so that this country can get back on track

  • Andrew - 2011-06-23 11:22

    150% of zero is still zero!!

  • sc? - 2011-06-23 15:06

    Take money from mugabe and his generals and they can afford 200%!!!

      teboh.rapheal - 2012-07-30 12:46

      SC stop propaganda.did you put money in MUGABE;s pocket?this is the kind of propaganda savage decerndants of inslavers have been using to manipulate us.any african who stand for his people is seen by aryans as a creminal and they use superficial arguments or propaganda to distroy his image.MUGABE has done this MUGABE has done that....but is he responsible for the millions of people eraced from africa by aryans?we now understand you cant be free from the crocodiles mouth in peace.

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