Var­sity lec­tur­ers’ bonuses paid

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Pamela Shumba Se­nior Re­porter

THE Gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day paid 2015 bonuses and July 2016 salaries for State uni­ver­si­ties’ teach­ing and non-teach­ing staff.

Lec­tur­ers were among the last batch of civil servants that had not re­ceived their 2015 bonuses and July 2016 salaries.

Na­tional Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Education As­so­ci­a­tion (Nusteda) sec­re­tary gen­eral, Mr Bless­ing Jona, yes­ter­day con­firmed the pay­ment of the bonuses and salaries.

He said their job ac­tion that had been slated for Au­gust 19 falls away fol­low­ing the pay­ment.

“I’m pleased that the Gov­ern­ment has fi­nally paid staff at uni­ver­si­ties bonuses for last year and salaries for last month. The salaries have been de­posited by the Min­istry of Fi­nance and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment into all the nine univer­sity ac­counts. The salaries will start re­flect­ing tomorrow (to­day).

“We’re happy that the gov­ern­ment has fi­nally hon­oured its prom­ise to pay all its work­ers. I’m ac­tu­ally send­ing emails to all mem­bers in­form­ing them about the good news and telling them that the planned strike falls away,” said Mr Jona.

The univer­sity lec­tur­ers’ um­brella body, the Zim­babwe State Uni­ver­si­ties Union of Aca­demics (ZISUUA) led by Mr Alois Muzvuwe and the non­teach­ing body led by Mr Ready­for­ward Dube had threat­ened to go on strike over the non-pay­ment of their 2015 bonuses and July salaries.

“We had threat­ened to strike on Au­gust 19, 2016, due to un­ful­filled prom­ises by the Gov­ern­ment. These an­nounce­ments made peo­ple en­ter into fi­nan­cial com­mit­ments bas­ing on the an­nounced dates but the money didn’t come.

“It hap­pened more than three times. We were fail­ing to make ends meet and this was frus­trat­ing us,” said Mr Jona.

Last week, the Gov­ern­ment dis­closed the Au­gust pay dates for civil servants.

The move flies in the face of shad­owy groups, civic so­ci­ety and op­po­si­tion po­lit­i­cal par­ties that were ex­pect­ing to boost their po­lit­i­cal pro­files through protests think­ing the Gov­ern­ment would fail to pay its em­ploy­ees.

Those in the health sec­tor will be paid on Au­gust 26, fol­lowed by mem­bers of the Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice and prison of­fi­cers on Au­gust 30. Teach­ers will get their dues on Septem­ber 2, while the rest of the civil ser­vice will be paid on Septem­ber 5. Pen­sion­ers will re­ceive their pay outs on Septem­ber 9. — @pame­lashumba1

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