In a letter to the National Joint Negotiating Council chairperson Mr Britton Chimbunde, copied to the Civil Service Commission and Treasury, civil servants demanded to be given dates for the payment of 2016 bonuses and salaries. The workers said they wanted their salaries before December 25 to “have a decent festive season”. This comes as Government and civil servants are today expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that will pave way for the implementation of a residential stands scheme being worked on by the employer.
Speaking to The Herald, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira yesterday said December salary dates and modalities for bonus payments would be announced in due course. However sources revealed to The Herald that given the challenges Government was facing in mobilising resources to pay salaries, bonus payments could be staggered as was the case last year.