Buhera South Member of Parliament, Joseph Chinotimba has called upon Finance Minister, Professor Mthuli Ncube to convert the salaries of public service workers at the interbank rate.
Chinotimba noted that when the country shunned the 1: 1 ratio between the US dollar and the RTGS dollar, salaries of workers remained stuck at the 1: 1 ratio.
Speaking during a Parliamentary session recently, Chinotimba said:
Furthermore, Mr Speaker, we want to talk about civil servants. Minister, we have an event that happened when we removed the United States Dollar converting to the mono currency system that we have. We did not address the issue of salaries of our workers. The workers’ salaries were left at the rate of 1:1 yet the money was from US$1 to Z$3.50. We did not convert it to the equivalent of the $3.50 that was at the interbank rate. Mr Speaker, I am saying this because we are also representatives of the workers. The workers are not getting any money. It is not sufficient for them. It should have been equated to the interbank rate. The issue at hand Mr Speaker is that diesel prices are going up, the bus fares are also going up and the worker is still on US$1 to Z$1when he is now paying a fare of $5 from Glen View to come here. To come from my home area Birchenough to Harare, they are now paying $70 and the worker who is earning $300 cannot visit his home area.
He also suggested that the funds that were proposed in the supplementary budget be further increased so as to cushion workers from the bumps of life inflicted upon them by the economic crisis.
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