Teachers get salary Increases, Sign Deal with Government PDF Print E-mail
The salary negotiations   held   at the National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC) on Monday the 20th of January 2014 have yielded positive results which should see the lowest paid worker in government earning close to 75 percent of the Zimbabwe Statistics (ZIMSTAT) Poverty Datum Line (PDL).
Created:  23 January 2013
According to  the Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (ZIMTA)  Chief Executive Officer , Mr  Sifiso  Ndlovu, who is also one of the negotiators at NJNC, the council reached an agreement to use the  ZIMSTAT PDL  of  December 2013, which stood at five hundred and five dollars (USD505) per family of five (5).
 “For those falling under D1 grade, the Council agreed to move the salary from four hundred and forty six dollars (446.00), to five hundred dollars (USD 500.00), which is 99 percent of the ZIMSTAT  PDL,” said  Ndlovu
Further, the  Council  also agreed to move the salary from four hundred and  ninety eight dollars (USD 498.00) to six hundred dollars, (USD 600 .00), a figure which is slightly above the poverty datum line (PDL).
The rural allowance remained unchanged at 5 percent of the basic salary levels, which is also a marginal increase of the basic salary.
The NJNC meeting agreed and committed itself to an urgent review of salary steps catering for the decompression of steps in order to cater for seniority, educational advancement and position at work.  The Council also agreed to mobilise a further three million dollars (USD3m) per month to cater for these salary differentials.
The principle of staggered and progressive   de-bunching and mid- term reviews was also agreed to.
Due to the   APEX Council’s involvement and active participation, non –monetary conditions of service such as , housing schemes for both residential and institutional accommodation, the civil service investment trust, pension reforms and labour law reforms would be instituted.
The NJNC date of next meeting was set at the last day of   February 2014   with the agenda to develop implementation strategies and non- monetary awards.
 “This was not the best of awards but a fair award under the economic circumstances and interest. This closes this chapter but opens another chapter where in 2014, we will be looking at salary reviews through the de-compression of salary steps and a mid-term review of all awards” Ndlovu said.




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