CIVIL SER­VANTS AU­GUST PAY DATES OUT Govt works to nor­malise pay dates as promised: Min­is­ter

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THE Govern­ment has an­nounced civil ser­vants’ pay dates for this month, un­der­ly­ing its com­mit­ment to timeously ful­fil its salary obli­ga­tions to its work­ers.

Ac­cord­ing to the pay­ment sched­ule, mem­bers of the Zim­babwe Na­tional Army and Air Force of Zim­babwe will be paid on Au­gust 23.

Those in the health sec­tor will re­ceive their salaries on Au­gust 26, while the po­lice and the Zim­babwe Pris­ons and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices will be paid on Au­gust 30.

The Zim­babwe Nurses’ As­so­ci­a­tion re­cently ap­pealed to the Govern­ment to recog­nise its mem­bers as be­long­ing to the es­sen­tial ser­vices sec­tor be­cause of the na­ture of their job, hence the need to pay them ear­lier.

Af­ter those in the health sec­tor and the se­cu­rity forces have been paid, next to re­ceive their salaries will be teach­ers on Septem­ber 2.

The rest of the civil ser­vants will be paid on Septem­ber 5 while pen­sion­ers will re­ceive their pay­ments on Septem­ber 9.

The Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Ser­vice, Labour and So­cial Wel­fare Prisca Mup­fu­mira said it was a mat­ter of time be­fore all the civil ser­vants were paid within the month worked as the Govern­ment’s strate­gies to raise money start pay­ing div­i­dends.

“It is a fact that we have rev­enue chal­lenges but as promised, we have man­aged to bring for­ward the pay dates for most of the work­ers ex­cept for teach­ers who re­ceived their July salaries on Au­gust 2 and for this month they will be paid on Septem­ber 2,” she said.

“Just as said by Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe dur­ing the He­roes’ Day com­mem­o­ra­tions that mech­a­nisms are be­ing de­vel­oped to en­sure work­ers get their salaries on the tra­di­tional pay dates, we are work­ing day and night to im­prove and meet this tar­get.

“We thank Trea­sury for work­ing to en­sure th­ese im­prove­ments come. Septem­ber dates will be availed as soon as modal­i­ties are in place be­cause we want the work­ers, whom we trea­sure so much, to con­cen­trate on ser­vice de­liv­ery.”

Min­is­ter Mup­fu­mira added: “We will also con­tinue en­gag­ing the work­ers, through the of­fi­cial chan­nels, to up­date each other on the de­vel­op­ments that will be tak­ing place. They have ev­ery right to know what will be hap­pen­ing and Na­tional Joint Ne­go­ti­at­ing Coun­cil meet­ings will be held con­stantly.”

Apex Coun­cil pres­i­dent Mrs Ce­cilia Alexan­der said although they have noted some sta­bil­ity when it comes to their pay dates, they were wor­ried that they over­lapped into the next month.

“There has been some steady im­prove­ment and in other sec­tors the Govern­ment has main­tained the dates as they had last month,” she said.

Mrs Alexan­der im­plored the Govern­ment con­tinue work­ing on im­prov­ing on the pay dates.

“So we’re call­ing on the pow­ers that be to take this mat­ter se­ri­ously. And it was our hope that in Au­gust the sit­u­a­tion would have nor­malised. But we’ve re­alised that we’ve not yet achieved nor­malcy and we will con­tinue to en­gage,” said Mrs Alexan­der.

A few weeks ago, Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe ap­pealed to civil ser­vants to be pa­tient, say­ing the coun­try was faced with an ar­ray of chal­lenges that in­clude il­le­gal sanc­tions, drought as well as the use of the multi-cur­rency sys­tem, mainly the US dol­lar that the coun­try had lit­tle con­trol over.

He said the Govern­ment would strive to en­sure that the prob­lem of de­lays in salary pay­ments was ad­dressed. — @nqot­shili to

Min­is­ter Prisca Mup­fu­mira

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