Harare - Zimbabwe's teachers and doctors, who make up the bulk of the public service, on Monday rejected the government's wage offer, with medical personnel threatening a strike if their demand to have their wages benchmarked in the US dollar is not met.
The government on Friday proposed a 60% pay increase for doctors, while offering a 76% 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 they rejected the government offers, which would see the lowest paid worker earning 1 023 Zimbabwe dollars (about R1 500) a month.
The Apex Council, which is an umbrella group for public sector unions, has demanded the equivalent of $475 (R7 200) for the lowest paid government worker.
In a letter sent to the government on Monday, the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association (ZHDA) said its members could no longer afford to report for duty amid surging inflation and continued deterioration of Zimbabwe’s economy.