The Sunday News
Peter Matika, Senior Reporter
THE Government has reaffirmed its commitment to engage civil servants and address welfare challenges that they have raised with a view to finding common ground.
In a statement, the Secretary for the Civil Service Commission (CSC), Ambassador Jonathan Wutawunashe, said the Government was aware of the challenges that workers were facing as a result of a number of price distortions arising and bordering on criminal activities. He said the Government had set in motion a process to convene a special meeting with the workers representatives.
Ambassador Wutawunashe said following a meeting held between the National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC) and CSC in Harare, the Government had committed itself to consultations on an ongoing basis to address them.
“This forum has assisted in creating industrial harmony in the civil service and Government places great importance to this process. Workers presented a set of matters for discussion, and Government recognises these and commits itself to consultations on an ongoing basis to address them,” said Ambassador Wutawunashe.
“Government has set in motion a process to convene a special meeting with workers’ representatives. This platform will formalise ongoing arrangements to engage the workers in order to address the issues that they have raised in an integrated and comprehensive manner. Accordingly, the Government will, shortly, send letters of invitation to the workers’ representatives to this special meeting as a matter of urgency,” said Ambassador Wutawunashe.
Civil servants have been demanding a salary adjustment to cushion them from the wanton price increases in the country. The Government has, however, assured that it would look into their plight, while also weeding out criminal malcontents within the economic sector through a raft of measures.