Monday, 27 June 2016

$100 before pay…Govt offers transport allowance to civil servants

The Government yesterday offered civil servants $100 advance payment for transport to work while they wait for their June salaries to be paid in a fortnight.

The arrangement excludes members of the security sector as the Zimbabwe National Army and Air Force of Zimbabwe were paid yesterday, while the police and prison officers will get their dues on Thursday.

The Government yesterday met the workers’ representatives and gave the $100 option after long deliberations. The workers said they would consult their membership and inform the Government whether or not they accept the offer. Speaking after the meeting, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira said the $100 would be paid by Friday.

She was accompanied to the meeting by Ministers (Finance and Economic Development) Patrick Chinamasa, Supa Mandiwanzira (Information Communication Technology Postal and Courier Services), Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr John Mangudya and Civil Service Commission officials.
$100 before pay…Govt offers transport allowance to civil servants
Said Minister Mupfumira: “During the consultations, the representatives of the civil servants noted the challenges we said we were facing as the Government. However, they did put to us that although they were willing to come to work, they can’t come because they’ll not have money to take them to and from work.

“After deliberations, the Government offered to pay $100 as an advance payment by Friday this week to alleviate the problems so that they are able to go to work. The workers are going to consult, but we think this is the best position at the moment, what the Government can afford and we hope to improve in the future subject to availability of funds.”

Teachers are expected to be paid on July 7 with health workers and the rest of the civil service getting their dues on July 14.

Minister Mupfumira said the Government would abide by the initial salary dates announced last week: “Today, we’ve paid certain security sectors, and we’re also going to pay the police and prison workers on the 30th of June and we maintain the same dates for teachers, health workers and the rest of the civil service,” she said.

“Another consideration, which was resolved was realising that the health sector is a critical sector, and we’re going to ensure from July onwards we prioritise payment of health workers. We also discussed and agreed that there’s need for further consultations and workshops to educate each other on economic issues. Workshops are going to be organised for the rest of Zimbabweans to understand the goings on.”

Minister Mupfumira added: “We’ve also agreed through the RBZ Governor that we will encourage the use of plastic money with effect from July 1, and the use of the multi-currency systems such that the banks are able to use all the other currencies which are allowed in the country.” Apex Council team leader Mrs Cecilia Alexander said while they understood the Government’s position, the way forward would be mapped by their membership.


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