Civil servants have declared that with effect from 12 April, they will report for duty only twice a week.
In a letter addressed to Public Service Commission secretary Jonathan Wutawunashe, dated 8 April 2021, the Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (ZCPSTU), president Cecilia Alexander cited incapacitation as the reason behind their decision.
ZCPSTU is also accusing the government of lacking seriousness in improving their worthless salaries. Alexander wrote:
Following an offer of 25% of one’s current earnings which the Government brought on the negotiating table in the previous NJNC meeting set to be effected on 01 April 2021, which proved to be incapable of addressing civil servants’ capacity to execute their duties, ZCPSTU representing all member unions do hereby notify your august office that all civil servants will, starting on 12 April 2021, report for duty twice a week.
This resolution passed on by the full ZCPSTU council is informed by the following:
The prevailing economic situation no longer resonates well with the civil servants’ salaries.
The employer takes longer in responding to workers’ plight whilst they languish in acute poverty
The employer is making unilateral decisions in implementing offers that are not agreed upon in the NJNC rendering the negotiation process invalid
That the employer will have to swiftly react to addressing the capacitation of its workforce to ensure smooth service delivery of all the Government’s entities
That the employer should start to speak to workers position paper which calls for restoration of the civil servants’ pre-October 2018 salaries
That the employer should expedite the crafting of a roadmap towards the restoration of pre-October 2018 salaries.
In conclusion, the decision made by the workers that they will not be able to report for duty all the week’s working days is not by choice but as a result of prevailing circumstances.
It is to this end that as ZCPSTU, we call upon your office to respect this decision by not punishing any member who happens to be a victim of incapacitation.
Instead, we appeal for your indulgence that the issue is addressed with the urgency it deserves.