Zimbabwean government employees have appealed to their employer to negotiate salaries in U.S. dollars, citing loss of earnings and exchange-rate distortions when paid in the local currency. Bloomberg reports that Zimbabwe’s government has as many as 300,000 employees, with the lowest salary at Z$18,000 ($155.97). Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions President Cecilia Alexander said in a letter to Public Service Minister Paul Mavima that “It was demonstrably clear that the exchange-rate distortions and the resultant inflation no longer allow for meaningful Zimbabwe dollar negotiations”.