The Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries (CZI) has called for the government to suspend bonuses for civil servants in order to cut on government expenditures until the economy stabilises. The government was also urged to cut down on travelling in order to save money.
Appearing before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Finance on Monday, CZI president Sifelani Jabangwe said:
We recommend dialogue between civil service unions, labour and government to eliminate ghost workers, suspend annual bonuses and cut down on foreign travel by government
We believe that the most efficient short-term measures that the government should take is to go back to strict cash budgeting, supported by social dialogue and ministries should desist from accruing more expenses unless cash is available.
Bankers’ Association of Zimbabwe (BAZ) Sijabuliso Biyam added:
We recommend that the government can reduce expenditure by cutting the size of the civil service, but obviously, it has negative effects in that you are throwing people out of employment.