Civil ser­vants await bonus pay dates

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

CIVIL ser­vants started re­ceiv­ing their Novem­ber salaries yes­ter­day with an­tic­i­pa­tion that the Govern­ment will soon an­nounce the dates for the pay­ment of the 13th cheque.

Unions rep­re­sent­ing civil ser­vants yes­ter­day urged the Govern­ment to come up with strate­gies to im­prove rev­enue in­flows and mo­bilise re­sources to pay them on time.

Public Ser­vice, Labour and So­cial Wel­fare Min­is­ter Prisca Mup­fu­mira yes­ter­day said she was out of the coun­try but would meet the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Pa­trick Chi­na­masa next week to work on the modal­i­ties on the pay­ment of bonuses be­fore an­nounc­ing the Govern­ment’s po­si­tion.

Mem­bers of the Zim­babwe Na­tional Army and Air Force of Zim­babwe were paid yes­ter­day while the health sec­tor is ex­pected to be paid tomorrow.

Mem­bers of the Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice and Zim­babwe Pris­ons and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices are ex­pected to be paid on Novem­ber 29 while teach­ers and the rest of the civil ser­vice will get their dues on De­cem­ber 2 and 6 re­spec­tively. Pen­sion­ers will be paid on De­cem­ber 9. Zim­babwe Teach­ers’ Association (Zimta) chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Si­fiso Ndlovu said while they ap­pre­ci­ated Govern­ment’s ef­forts and un­der­stood the eco­nomic chal­lenges af­fect­ing their em­ployer, they ex­pected a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to pay­ment date prob­lems.

“We’ve not re­ceived any in­for­ma­tion from the Govern­ment re­gard­ing bonuses. We’re hop­ing that some­thing pos­i­tive will come up as promised.

“The tra­di­tional month for the pay­ment of bonuses is Novem­ber and we’ve been hop­ing that the sit­u­a­tion would nor­malise soon. The Govern­ment should find a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to these chal­lenges so that its work­ers are motivated to serve their coun­try,” said Mr Ndlovu.

Min­is­ter Mup­fu­mira last week said pay­ments for the De­cem­ber salaries would be an­nounced in due course, tak­ing into ac­count rev­enue in­flows.

She is on record say­ing the Govern­ment is op­er­at­ing on a shoe-string bud­get, which is mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to pay its work­ers.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe as­sured the civil ser­vants that de­spite the low rev­enue in­flows, the Govern­ment would still pay its work­ers the 13th cheque as per tra­di­tion.

Mrs Nqumile Mpala shows her dam­aged house yes­ter­day

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe

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