Paying teachers US$520 is impossible, Mavima

Public Service Minister Paul Mavima

Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Paul Mavima on Thursday said it was impossible for the government to pay teachers the US$520 they are demanding or its equivalent in RTGS dollars (ZWL$42 120).

Mavima said paying teachers such an astronomical figure would reverse the economic gains seen so far.

He added that the government could afford a minimum teacher’s salary pay of ZWL$18 000 a month.

Mavima said this while responding to Midlands Senator Morgan Komichi (MDC Alliance) who had asked what Government was doing to address grievances being raised by teachers. Said Mavima:

I thought the Government has shown sincerity to the teachers. They should return to work while we negotiate.

They are insisting on US$520. Our country has reached currency and price stability, which has been a problem ever since.

There is no way we can pay US$520 or its equivalent without rocking the boat or without causing instability thereby reversing those gains.

We now need committed teachers who are patriotic.

On Tuesday civil servants rejected a salary offer from the government which would have seen the lowest paid civil servant earning around $15 000 while the least paid teacher would get around $18 000.

–The Herald

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