The government and representatives of civil servants today finally agreed on new salaries which fell short of the poverty datum line that civil servants were insisting on. They agreed that the new salaries would be reviewed midyear.
Under the agreement the lowest-paid civil servant will earn US$375 with a basic salary of US$218 pus allowances.
The entry salary for teachers is now US$500 a month, half what they were initially demanding.
Civil servants representative Richard Gundani said they had requested the government to look for an additional US$3 million to effect the de-bunching of salaries to take into account experience and qualifications.
He said the new salaries were three-quarters of the poverty datum, line which he said was US$505.
Civil servants initially wanted a basic salary of US$547 just slightly above the Consumer Council poverty datum line of US$540.