Govt Forces Civil Servants To Take $100 Advance Pay

Govt Forces Civil Servants To Take $100 Advance Pay
Published: 2016 July 01 01:27:16 (1997 Views)
Government has decided to continue with its plan to pay civil servants in installments amid resistance from workers union of the $100 salary advance.

This comes as the Apex Council, a body that represents all civil servants unions, is also expected to make a final determination today on the way forward after rejecting Government’s offer.

The Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe, is also planning a demonstration at Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa’s office today in protest of their full salaries.

Acting Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Supa Mandiwanzira yesterday confirmed the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development was working on meeting its obligations.

“The Ministry of Finance is on it and very soon things will be back to normal,” he said.

Ahead of the Apex Council meeting today, indications are that the Zimbabwe Teachers Association (Zimta), the largest teacher union in terms of membership, has resolved to go on a stayaway on July 5.

Apex Council team leader Cecelia Alexander said the route civil servants would take would come from resolutions of today’s meeting.

Government offered civil servants $100 after meeting their leaders on Monday.

Government has so far managed to pay members in the security sectors.

Teachers are expected to get their salaries on July 7 while health workers and the rest of the civil service will be paid on July 14.

Zimta chief executive Sifiso Ndlovu said his union had resolved to embark on a stayaway on July 5.

“Our members are saying they are fed up,” he said.

Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe secretary-general Raymond Majongwe said unity amongst the unions would force Government to “rethink its position”.



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