Civil ser­vants’ Septem­ber pay dates re­leased

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Pamela Shumba

THE Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced civil ser­vants’ pay dates for this month, un­der­ly­ing its com­mit­ment to timeously ful­fil its salary obli­ga­tions to its work­ers and im­prove their con­di­tions of ser­vice.

Zim­babwe Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (Zimta) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Si­fiso Ndlovu (pic­tured) said the Gov­ern­ment an­nounced the dates at a Na­tional Joint Ne­go­ti­at­ing Coun­cil (NJNC) meet­ing on Fri­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the pay­ment sched­ule, mem­bers of the Zim­babwe Na­tional Army and Air Force of Zim­babwe will be paid on Septem­ber 20. Those in the health sec­tor will re­ceive their salaries on Septem­ber 23, while the po­lice and the Zim­babwe Pris­ons and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices will be paid on Septem­ber 27.

Af­ter the health sec­tor and the se­cu­rity forces have been paid, next to re­ceive their salaries will be the civil ser­vants in the Ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor on Oc­to­ber 3. The rest of the civil ser­vants will be paid on Oc­to­ber 6 while pen­sion­ers will re­ceive their pay­ments on Oc­to­ber 10 and grant aided in­sti­tu­tions on Oc­to­ber 13.

Mr Ndlovu ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment on the pay dates an­nounced by the Gov­ern­ment, say­ing the dates in­di­cate that there is no hope of the Gov­ern­ment work­ers be­ing paid early by their em­ployer.

“The pay dates for Septem­ber were an­nounced at the NJNC meet­ing held in Harare on Fri­day. We ap­pre­ci­ate the Gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts in mak­ing sure that civil ser­vants get paid. The an­nounce­ment of date al­lows the civil ser­vants to plan.

“How­ever, we would have ap­pre­ci­ated if the Gov­ern­ment paid the civil ser­vants their dues within the month they would have given ser­vice.

“Th­ese dates leave us won­der­ing if the Gov­ern­ment will be able to pay us in the com­ing months,” said Mr Ndlovu.

The Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Ser­vice, Labour and So­cial Wel­fare, Cde Prisca Mup­fu­mira, on Fri­day re­as­sured gov­ern­ment work­ers that they were work­ing on im­prov­ing their con­di­tions of ser­vice but ap­pealed to pen­sion­ers to be pa­tient as the Gov­ern­ment was putting in place mech­a­nisms to en­sure they were also paid on time.

The Min­is­ter said the Gov­ern­ment was be­hind in pay­ing pen­sion­ers but there was no de­lib­er­ate pol­icy to de­lay pay­ments, adding that the Gov­ern­ment would strive to en­sure that the prob­lem of de­lays in salary pay­ments was ad­dressed.

Gov­ern­ment is di­rect­ing nearly $200 mil­lion ev­ery month to­wards salaries, a de­vel­op­ment that is un­sus­tain­able.

To rec­tify the chal­lenge, the civil ser­vice is be­ing ra­tio­nalised with changes be­ing im­ple­mented ex­pected to save $400 mil­lion yearly.

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