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Zimbabwe raises public workers pay by 29 percent, averts strike for... - 1 months ago, 21 Mar 15:32

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HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s public workers have accepted a 29 percent salary hike for the lowest paid employees, which the government says will cushion them against double-digit inflation, unions said on Thursday, and likely averting a strike in the interim.

Civil servants in the southern African nation twice rejected a lower government wage offer in January but had been divided over a strike, which led to teachers briefly walking out of their jobs.

Zimbabwe is gripped by a severe U.S. dollar crunch, causing shortages of fuel, food and medicine and dashing hopes among citizens that the economy will quickly recover after years of sputtering under Robert Mugabe, who was removed after a coup in 2017.

An agreement signed by the government and the top public workers’ union Apex Council said “a cost of living adjustment of $400 million (will) be effected across the board for all ...
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