By Jane Mlambo| Government has told teachers to return to work saying the National Joint Negotiating Council conclusively settled the salary dispute that was almost threatening the ZIMSEC examinations set to kick off on the 5th of December.
In a statement today, Public Service minister, Professor Paul Mavima congratulated the NJNC for reaching an agreement with government employees to settle a dispute that had taken months on end without resolution.
Mavima implored teachers to return to work to allow learners to regain lost time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I wish to congratulate the National Joint Negotiating Council for reaching an agreement following protracted negotiations between Government and the Apex Council. The agreement that was concluded provides for;
“An average salary increase of 41% of the total package (basic salary+ transport allowance + housing allowance + special civil service allowance + representation where applicable) effective from 1 November 2020.
“Annual bonus that is inclusive of transport and housing allowances on a staggered basis in November and December 2020.
“It is important to note that the economic outlook for the country looks promising in view of a projected better agricultural season and sustained foreign exchange stability. It is also our hope that the current price stability will prevail given our desire to retain the purchasing power of salaries and wages,” said Mavima.
Teachers and government have been engaged in a protracted wage battle that crippled schools as lessons could not proceed in the absence of teachers.
In most of the schools, only the headmaster and deputy were the only available members of staff.