By Sukuoluhle Ndlovu
The Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (ZCPSTU) has handed an ultimatum to the Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare over poor wages.
In the ultimatum signed by the Union President, Cecilia Alexander, public service workers said they are calling for government to take action and hear out their pleas.
“Realising the government is willfully disregarding the NJNC resolution of December 2020 which stated that the NJNC would meet early January 2020 to craft a roadmap towards the restoration of the value of wages to the pre – October 2018 level. Noticing that we are well in to 2021 an the employer is yet to call for the agreed to NJC as is the employer mandate.
“The ZCPSTU/Apex Council will, seven days from the date this letter, notify the employer of an impending civil service wide job action will be served to you in accordance with the laws of the land and in fulfillment of the desires of our members.”
The ultimatum is calling for the NJC to resolve pending issues.
“Disenchanted that all attempts by ZCPST/Apex council to sensitize the employer to urgently convene the agreed to NJNC have been met with either silent or empty promises. Appreciating the employer’s initiative to pay a COLA to some sectors of the service but disgruntled by the discriminatory exclusion of the other sectors. Doubtless that all civil servants are now overdue for a COLA in the log of the steep rise in the cost of living.”