Walk the talk, civil ser­vants urge Govt

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

CIVIL ser­vants have urged the Govern­ment to walk the talk by im­ple­ment­ing poli­cies and ful­fill­ing prom­ises that it makes to im­prove the wel­fare of its work­ers.

A three-day en­gage­ment be­tween the Govern­ment and civil ser­vants to ap­prise them of their con­di­tions of ser­vice and non­mon­e­tary in­cen­tives ended on Tues­day in Nor­ton, with the work­ers call­ing on the Govern­ment to en­sure that con­di­tions of ser­vice are im­proved.

The work­ers were in­formed about the on­go­ing ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion ex­er­cise, the shift in pay dates, im­pend­ing in­tro­duc­tion of bond notes as well as pen­sions and med­i­cal aid ben­e­fits.

Zim­babwe Teach­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (Zimta) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Si­fiso Ndlovu yes­ter­day said although work­ers ap­pre­ci­ated Govern­ment’s ef­forts to com­mu­ni­cate with them, it was im­por­tant for the work­ers to see the ful­fil­ment of the prom­ises that are made.

“The en­gage­ment was more of in­for­ma­tion shar­ing, where we also of­fered so­lu­tions to the chal­lenges that the Govern­ment is fac­ing as given by the Min­istry of Fi­nance and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment. What is left now is for the Govern­ment to walk the talk and show gen­uine com­mit­ment by ful­fill­ing the prom­ises made and im­ple­ment­ing what we would have agreed dur­ing such en­gage­ments,” said Mr Ndlovu.

He said other is­sues dis­cussed were the har­mon­i­sa­tion of the labour laws, the state of the econ­omy in the coun­try and pen­sions.

“We of­fered sug­ges­tions on how the Govern­ment can plug du­pli­ca­tion of roles as the ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion process con­tin­ues.

“There was a strong in­cli­na­tion towards the is­sue of pen­sions. Cur­rently peo­ple in the ser­vice are pay­ing for those who are re­tir­ing. We feel that a pen­sion fund for civil ser­vants can be es­tab­lished,” said Mr Ndlovu.

He added that the de­lay by the govern­ment to har­monise the labour law with the con­sti­tu­tion was breed­ing frus­tra­tion among the civil ser­vants. He com­mended the Govern­ment of­fi­cials for tak­ing their time to ex­plain var­i­ous is­sues and en­gag­ing them in map­ping the way for­ward. — @pame­lashumba1

Mr Si­fiso Ndlovu

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