The government will soon announce a salary increment for its workers, a cabinet minister has revealed.
Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Sekai Nzenza told State media that Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube will announce a cost of living adjustment for civil servants once he is done with the figures. Said Nzenza:
At this stage, the Minister of Finance is looking at it (salary increase). He would be making an announcement in the next few days.
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I can’t give you the exact date because he has to do the figures. But he would be looking at that in light of the current situation.
We know it’s not easy; this is why we are looking at the cost of living adjustment.
You’ll remember that from January to March we gave them cushioning allowance and then there was the cost of living adjustment.
But we realised that the economy is not doing good and people are hurting because of prices and we have now once again been talking to the Minister of Finance and he is seriously looking at it and at the same time the President is very concerned.
The government awarded its workers a cost of living adjustment in April of around RTGS$29.
The “paltry” figure has since been rendered meaningless by runaway inflation which now hovers close to 100 per cent year-on-year for the month of May.