Harare - Zimbabwe's umbrella public sector union has backed down from plans for a national strike, an official said on Thursday, citing the volatile situation in the country after violent protests this month were met by a security crackdown.
Wage negotiations between the government and the Apex Council, which represents 17 public sector unions, broke down on Wednesday. The unions then met to decide a date for a strike and announce it this week but the talks ended in disarray.
Government workers are demanding wage rises and payments in dollars to help them stave off spiralling inflation and an economic crisis that has sapped supplies of cash, fuel and medicines in state hospitals.
"Apex feels that its not conducive to take action," Cecilia Alexander, Apex Council's chairwoman told Reuters.
"The situation is volatile and polarized and the action we take may be hijacked for issues which have nothing to do with labour."