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    Zimbabwe civil servants begin nationwide strike

     

    Civil servants in Zimbabwe are embarking on a nationwide strike.

    The workers started a two-day strike in demand for pay increases.

    Aside pay rise, the civil servants are asking the government to pay their salaries in US dollars due to the fast depreciation of the local currency. Since January this year, the Zimbabwe dollar has lost over 50% of its value.

    The Zimbabwean Government is expected to double salaries in July 2022.

    But workers’ unions have indicated that the increases have been eroded by high inflation which stands at about 190%.

    In Zimbabwe, an average worker including doctors and nurses earn about $200 (£165) a month.

    The unions, African Entertainment understands, are planning to embark on longer strikes in September if the Government fails to meet their demands.

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