Civil servants in Zimbabwe have announced that they will be going on strike next week for two days in protest against low pay and poor working conditions.
The Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (ZCPSTU) announced the two-day strike on Friday.
According to the ZCPSTU, the civil servants will stage an even bigger crippling strike in September if the government does not resolve their grievances.
Part of the statement released by the ZCPSTU reads,
“In a meeting held today, 22 July 2022, all the federations that organise in the Public Sector, namely FEUZ, FOZEU (Federation of Zimbabwe Educators Union), NFoZ and PSA (Public Service Association), resolved the following:
“That civil servants in the health, education and rest of the civil service will proceed to a national 2-day strike on Wednesday 27 July 2022 and Thursday 28 July 2022.
“That the 2-day work stoppage will be peremptory to a longer action in September, in the event that the employer does not meet our demands.”
The union went on to make the following demands from the government of Zimbabwe.
1. A restoration of the value of our wages to pre-October 2018 levels, to be paid in USD and not in ZWL with immediate effect.
2. A stop to the wave of suspensions. summary dismissals illegal disallowances and victimisation of teachers and nurses for exercising their constitutional right to organise and to a fair and reasonable wage.
3. The payment of a medical allowance to all civil servants without discrimination.
4. The employer should desist from the bashing of union leadership for exercising their representative roles as messengers of their voiceless membership.
5. The employer should speedily implement all collective agreements fully as in school fees payment for the children of educators. regrading and performance advancement.
At the time of publishing, the government was yet to respond to the demands of the civil servants.