THE cash-strapped government last month arm-twisted civil servants into agreeing a minimum pay hike of
Still, the deal represented some progress for the workers who had unsuccessfully battled the former coalition government for better working conditions.
But, with the new deal increasing the government's wage bill to
"He said everyone would have received his money backdated to January by April. He said budget overruns from last year were putting pressure on the fiscus and he was trying to work some solutions that do not result in retrenchments or failure to pay current salaries."
Ndlovu said morale was low, adding workers were losing confidence in the government.
"This is a serious disappointment and for him (Minister Chinamasa) to come on the eleventh hour, failing to consult us will bring despondency in the industry," he said.
"Our confidence has been destroyed, as much as we understood some of the points he raised. He said during the first quarter of the year there are always cash flow problems."
The deal agreed following negotiations would see the lowest-paid civil servant getting
Workers were demanding
In his budget statement, Chinamasa said the government wage bill was consuming an unsustainable 75 percent of revenue. He said this needed to be reduced to 30 percent by 2018.
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