Health Workers Reject Salary Increase

THE Zimbabwe Health Apex Council has rejected the 60% cost of living adjustment which has been tabled by the Health Services Bipartite Negotiating panel.

By Michael Gwarisa

In a circular, the Health Apex council said  in as much as they appreciate government’s decision to adjust their salaries by 60% from the previous 10%, it still falls short from addressing the myriad of challenges bedeviling health professionals on a daily basis.

Health Services negotiating panel Government has put on the table a  cost of living adjustment of 60% from the previous offer of 10%.

“This latest offer will see the lowest paid civil servant earning $1023 up from $582. However, considering the current cost of living and rate of inflation in the country, this offer which is specifically for basic salary and allowances tied to the basic salary, it is still tantamount to nothing,” said the Health Apex council.

They added that health specif allowances still remain unchanged and thus they reject the 60% offer. Meanwhile, the Health Apex Council is still pursuing negotiations as a means of resolving the current impasse.

Government doctors three weeks ago warned the Health Services Board  (HSB) of a strike should government fail to peg their salaries at par with the prevailing inter-bank rate.

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