Zimbabwe’s teachers were today reported to be seeking salaries of at least US$1 000 a month. They currently earn between $300 and $480 per month but the Consumer Council of Zimbabwe says a food basket for an average family of five now costs $540 a month. In December civil servants were reported to be demanding a minimum wage of US$543 which is in line with the poverty datum line. Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said in his 2014 budget that the government will raise the salaries of civil servants to the current poverty datum line but this would be staggered to leave room for continued funding of government operations. The government will also improve the welfare of civil servants through the provision of non-monetary benefits in such areas as housing.