The Mercury

TEACHERS, DOCTORS REJECT LATEST ZIM WAGE OFFER

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ZIMBABWE’S teachers and doctors, who make up the bulk of the public service, yesterday rejected the government’s wage offer, with medical personnel threatenin­g a strike if their demand to have their wages benchmarke­d in US dollars is not met. The government on Friday proposed a 60 percent pay increase for doctors, while offering a 76 percent raise for the rest of the civil service, in a bid to avert crippling strikes by state workers. But in separate statements, the main unions representi­ng the doctors and the teachers said that they rejected the government offers, which would see the lowest paid worker earning 1 023 Zimbabwe dollars a month. The Apex Council, an umbrella group for public sector unions, demanded the equivalent of $475 for the lowest paid government worker. | Reuters

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