Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Deputy Minister Cde Lovemore Matuke said negotiations on civil servants cost of living adjustments are continuing.

Cde Matuke said this while receiving a petition from the civil service union leaders in Harare Tuesday.

“I believe this is a serious issue that needs to be deliberated, I know the negotiations are currently underway. We will take this petition to the relevant authorities,” said Cde Matuke

The union leaders under their umbrella Apex Council marched to Kaguvi building and the new government complex in Harare to press their demands for a cost of living salary adjustments.

Presenting the petition to Cde Matuke, the civil service apex council president Mrs Alexander Kanengoni said the teachers are struggling to survive on their current salaries.

Earlier this month, Finance and Economic development Minister Professor Mthuli Ncube announced that government will raise civil servants’ salaries to cushion them from the current economic challenges.