The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe said the conditions of service and remuneration for civil servants leaves a lot to be desired and said he will be consulting fellow principals in the Global Political Agreement (GPA) to improve the current situation.
Cde Mugabe said this after a 3-hour discussion with the leadership of the civil service led by Mrs Cecilia Alexander.
Some of the civil servants are taking home US$120 per month and they want it be lifted to US$502, which is the Poverty Datum Line figure.
President Mugabe said he will consult other GPA principals; Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his deputy, Professor Arthur Mutambara to chat the way forward in addressing government workersâ€™ concerns.
â€œThey [civil servants] have got my sympathy and I will do my best to make sure their conditions of servive and their salary improve.Â I will talk to the other principals in the inclusive government so that we can do something for our workers,â€ he said.
Cde Mugabe indicated that due to the economic activities in the country, which have not been performing up to the expectations, they might meet halfway with workers who are demanding up to US$502.
Members of the delegation were happy that the President had taken time to listen to their grievances.
â€œThe meeting was fruitful and the President was really upbeat that our plight will be addressed most probably in June. He however indicated that since the economy has not yet reached a stage where it can fully sustain itself, the government will try to give us half of the PDL, which stands at US$502,â€ Mrs Alexander said.
Mrs Alexander said despite challenges faced by the civil servants, they strived to give good service to their nation.