The position on the payment of civil servants’ 2016 bonuses is expected to be finalised today as Apex Council meets a high profile delegation of four ministers which are Finance, Patrick Chinamasa, (Public Service) Prisca Mupfumira, Saviour Kasukuwere (Local Government, Public Works and National Housing) and Dr David Parirenyatwa (Health and Child Care). The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr John Manguya and members of the Civil Service Commission will also be part of the meeting.
Minister Mupfumira said that a fresh proposal will be tabled to the workers which is to do with rentals for those staying in Government properties. Said Mupfumira:
We will meet them to discuss the issue of bonuses. Other issues on the agenda include the option of stands in lieu of bonuses and the rentals for civil servants who are staying in Government properties. Government is cognisant of the fact that its employees have not received an increment, hence the need to reduce their burden. The meeting is a continuation of a bonus indaba which was held in January where the two parties resolved to consult their constituencies. The follow-up meeting, which was scheduled for February 27, could not be held as one of the key stakeholders was not available. We expect to map the way forward in the meeting and we have options as the employer that will be tabled. We want to bring closure to the bonus issue and focus on other issues that improve the conditions of service of the workers.