In an effort to give dialogue a chance, the Apex Council today met the government in a closed door meeting over their salaries and conditions of service.

The National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC) met with 17 trade unions which fall under the Apex Council this Monday for feedback over the government’s $300 million offer that was presented at the last meeting, but was rejected.

After the meeting, the Apex Council held its own meeting which resolved that following the expiry of the 14 day notice on Friday, the Apex Council will meet the NJNC this Wednesday to map a way forward.

“The Apex Council is giving a chance to the NJNC meeting of Wednesday, 30 January before the inevitable job action. This follows another meeting held today in which the government was not able to come up with an improved offer from the $300 million that it had initially offered at the last meeting,” Apex Council Secretary General, Mr David Tsatsunga said.

The Apex Council also took the chance to alert civil servants of an attempt by some mischevieous elements to use the labour disputes to further their selfish agendas.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Apex Council does not have an information department and henceforth from today onwards, all communication will be on its letterhead and will be signed by its leadership,” Mr Tsatsunga added.

Civil servants last week started withdrawing the 22,7 percent cushioning allowance offered by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The allowance, which covers the period January to April, is a way of cushioning the civil servants from current challenges in the economy.