GOVT WAGE BILL CUTS GO AHEAD

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Pa­trick Chi­tumba / Pamela Shumba

THE ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion of the civil ser­vice will con­tinue as the Gov­ern­ment em­ploys strate­gies to im­prove the econ­omy, the Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Ser­vice, Labour and So­cial Wel­fare, Prisca Mup­fu­mira, said in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day.

Speak­ing soon af­ter a meet­ing with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties at the NSSA Work­ers Com­pen­sa­tion Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre in the city, Min­is­ter Mup­fu­mira said while a re­cent bid by Trea­sury to slash jobs and salaries as well as sus­pend bonuses was put on hold, the Gov­ern­ment was work­ing flat out to meet its obli­ga­tions and re­duce its wage bill.

“Since last year we’ve been go­ing through a ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion process. This is an on­go­ing process that is meant to re­duce the gov­ern­ment’s wage bill.

“Mean­while, the mea­sures to cut salaries and sus­pend bonuses for Gov­ern­ment work­ers have been put on hold un­til we come up with strate­gies to im­prove the econ­omy,” said Min­is­ter Mup­fu­mira .

She said the Gov­ern­ment has done a com­mend­able job in the face of lim­ited re­sources.

“The Gov­ern­ment has been the best payer de­spite the de­pressed econ­omy. It would be ir­re­spon­si­ble for some­one to say the Gov­ern­ment is pay­ing late be­cause we de­lay by a week or two.

“We’re stag­ger­ing the bonuses due to the fi­nan­cial chal­lenges that the Gov­ern­ment is fac­ing. Some com­pa­nies in the pri­vate sec­tor are go­ing for months with­out pay­ing their work­ers and they are not pay­ing bonuses at all,” said Min­is­ter Mup­fu­mira.

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Fi­nance and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Mr Wil­lard Ma­nungo, yes­ter­day said the civil ser­vants ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion process was on-go­ing.

“Ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion is an on-go­ing process and Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe is on record as say­ing there is a need to be sup­port­ive of the de­vel­op­ment agenda that is placed on ser­vice de­liv­ery. If you look at what we’re do­ing now... the in­tro­duc­tion of the Com­mand Agri­cul­ture and Statu­tory In­stru­ment 64 are part of im­prov­ing the sup­ply side to grow the econ­omy very fast,” said Mr Ma­nungo in an in­ter­view on the side-lines of the Zam­bezi River Author­ity me­dia tour in Liv­ing­stone, Zam­bia.

He said the Gov­ern­ment was work­ing hard to im­prove rev­enue col­lec­tion through in­creas­ing the pro­duc­tive ca­pac­ity of the econ­omy to en­sure that the 13th cheque for its em­ploy­ees is paid and ser­vice de­liv­ery im­proves.

“We are look­ing at ways of im­prov­ing the pro­duc­tive ca­pac­ity of the econ­omy. When we raise the pro­duc­tive ca­pac­ity it en­ables us to raise the rev­enue that we need to be sup­port­ive of em­ploy­ment costs, ser­vice de­liv­ery and other gov­ern­ment pa­ram­e­ters,” Mr Ma­nungo said.

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