Zimbabwean public servants have rejected an offer of 100% pay increase from government as inflation surged to 132% last month.

Workers “flatly rejected” the state’s offer to double their pay, the Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions said on Friday.

They demand that the lowest paid civil servant gets 840 dollars a month, compared with their current salary of 18 000 Zimbabwean dollars

Zimbabwe’s annual inflation rate jumped to the highest level in a year in May as food prices almost tripled due to a sharp depreciation in the Zimbabwe dollar.

In a separate statement on Friday, Zimbabwe Health Apex Council said health workers will start striking on June 20 due to prevailing poor service conditions that have caused “more than 4 000 resignations” in the sector in the last three years.