The Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) yesterday said the 10-year cut-off point for civil servants entitled to benefit from a duty-free vehicle import facility was unfair to many employees who will be excluded from the scheme.
PTUZ secretary-general Raymond Majongwe said the few civil servants who will benefit from the scheme will not even be able to afford fuel for the vehicles due to hikes in fuel prices and their measly salaries. He also said the 22% salary increase offer for teachers was not enough, given that the health sector will get a 32% salary hike. Majongwe said this shows government separation of the different sectors in its service. He said government should revise its offer and ensure that teachers who have served at least two years are allowed to import vehicle duty-free.