No pay increase for Zim civil servants

Zimbabwean civil servants have still not received pay increases despite pledges from...

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Zimbabwean civil servants have still not received pay increases despite pledges from government.

Public workers are calling for their wages to increase from $200 (R1,350) to $500 (R3,385) per month. But it has now emerged that the coalition government is finding it impossible to raise the money.

Last week, state media reported about a pay rise for civil servants.

But Public Service Minister Eliphas Mukonoweshuro now says government can not sustain a higher wage bill.

The minister told the media that the coalition was broke and that teachers must be patient.

At the heart of this matter is a fight for votes ahead of elections. Zanu-PF wants to force a pay increase but the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) does not want to be seen as the party preventing the pay hikes.