Civil ser­vants make de­mands

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Felex Share

CIVIL ser­vants have de­manded that Govern­ment re­duces rentals for the houses they are oc­cu­py­ing and the liq­ui­da­tion of its debt to PSMAS to ease their ac­cess to qual­ity health ser­vices.

The Govern­ment work­ers, who had a three-day en­gage­ment with their em­ployer in Harare this week, also called for a hous­ing scheme for them as part of their non­mon­e­tary in­cen­tives.

The en­gage­ment, ini­ti­ated by the Min­istry of Public Ser­vice, Labour and So­cial Wel­fare, was meant to ap­prise the work­ers on their con­di­tions of ser­vice and non-mon­e­tary in­cen­tives be­ing worked out.

The Govern­ment also wanted to in­form the work­ers on the on­go­ing ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion ex­er­cise in the civil ser­vice, shift in pay dates, im­pend­ing in­tro­duc­tion of bond notes as well as pen­sion and med­i­cal aid ben­e­fits. Ex­perts in var­i­ous fields at­tended the meet­ings. Apex Coun­cil chair­per­son Mrs Ce­cilia Alexan­der said as work­ers’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives, they would soon ap­proach the Min­istry of Lo­cal Govern­ment, Public Works and Na­tional Hous­ing with a view to have a spe­cific hous­ing scheme for civil ser­vants. She said many schemes had been es­tab­lished in the name of civil ser­vants but in the end ben­e­fited out­siders and po­lit­i­cal big­wigs.

“One of the rec­om­men­da­tions was that a spe­cial hous­ing scheme be es­tab­lished specif­i­cally for the Govern­ment work­ers,” she said.

“There are other spe­cific groups that have been given spe­cial schemes and we feel that civil ser­vants have been left out and they should also be con­sid­ered by Govern­ment, our em­ployer. The is­sue of public ser­vice hous­ing rentals also came to the fore and we feel that they have to be re­vis­ited as they are too high. The agree­ment was that var­i­ous min­istries are to make sub­mis­sions to the Lo­cal Govern­ment min­istry. Civil ser­vants were also en­cour­aged to mi­grate their bank ac­counts to the newly es­tab­lished Na­tional Build­ing So­ci­ety to ac­cess mort­gages for houses.”

“An­other res­o­lu­tion was that Govern­ment should walk the talk on cor­rup­tion,” she said.

“It was re­solved that the Min­istry of Fi­nance and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment should con­sider stim­u­lat­ing the agri­cul­tural sec­tor by putting money for ir­ri­ga­tion projects and also in­cen­tivise farmers to con­trib­ute to na­tional eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. It was also re­solved that there is need to grow the econ­omy by giv­ing in­cen­tives to in­vestors, both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional ones. There is also need to plug glar­ing rev­enue leak­ages at ar­eas such as toll­gates and hav­ing a data­base for the in­for­mal sec­tor to im­prove the tax base.”

She said the Govern­ment debt to PSMAS frus­trated civil ser­vants’ ac­cess to qual­ity health ser­vices hence their de­mand for it to be paid off as a mat­ter of ur­gency.

On pend­ing bond notes, Mrs Alexan­der said: “The res­o­lu­tion was that there is need for the Re­serve Bank of Zim­babwe to vig­or­ously mar­ket the im­por­tance of plas­tic money and bond notes at the grass­roots level as the per­cep­tion about bond notes was neg­a­tive.”

Mrs Ce­cilia Alexan­der

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Zimbabwe

© PressReader. All rights reserved.