Public Service minister Paul Mavima has once again told Parliament that the government has no capacity to pay its workers the pre-October 2018 salary of US$540.

He said the fiscal space is not there.

“Reference to the 2018 salaries is misplaced. What we have to look at is: Do we have the capacity to pay the teachers?”

Meanwhile, his sentiments set the stage for an escalation in long-simmering labour tensions.

Apparently, government workers are on day two of their industrial action.

They are demanding better working conditions and to be paid in US dollars.

They want pre-October 2018 salary of US$540.

Civil servants trade unions recently met and resolved to go on strike.