No Cushioning Allowance For Civil Servants – Apex Council Dismisses Social Media Rumours

Apex Council president Mr Cecilia Alexander has dismissed reports on social media purporting that civil servants will get a $500 cushioning allowance, the Chronicle reports.

According to the publication this message has been circulating on social media:

civil servants to get $500 cushion by December 18. The special payment involved an allocation of $1 billion set asideto address the plight of civil servants The special assistance of $500 for civil servants on grade E5 and the $250 payment for government pensioners, will also be paid on 18 December said Finance Minister Prof Mthuli Ncube

However, Mrs Alexander in an interview with the Chronicle dispelled the rumours and said:

We met Government and we presented the plight of civil servants in terms of the festive season and also their monthly salaries and we suggested that we really need a cushioning before Christmas, Government has not yet responded and what is circulating on social media is not true

This comes at a time when the govt had not increased the civil servants’ salaries despite inflation which was forecasted to be above 440% in October 2019

More: The Chronicle

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