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Zimbabwe civil servants, govt clash over US$ deductions

by Staff reporter
06 Jun 2024 at 02:56hrs | Views
Civil servants are protesting against the government's decision to deduct United States dollars from their salaries, arguing that it further impoverishes them.

The move, in line with a circular from the Public Service Commission, aims to backdate deductions to January. However, civil servants view this as fraudulent and challenge the unilateral decision, demanding meaningful consultations and adjustments to their salaries.

Various unions and associations, including the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe and the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe, criticize the move, emphasizing the dire financial situation of workers.

They argue that taxing the US dollar component will exacerbate poverty, especially given the disparity between salaries and living expenses.

Additionally, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions highlights the need for salary realignment to address the prevailing economic challenges and improve workers' welfare.

Source - newsday