Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube has said the government is reviewing civil servants’ salaries to cushion them against the rise in prices of goods and services.
Ncube said the government will soon make an announcement regarding the COVID-19 tax-free allowances of US$75 for civil servants and US$30 for retired civil servants once it was through with consultations.
However, civil servants’ representatives had earlier said the government has already pledged to extend the foreign currency (Nostro) allowance to December.
Speaking during a debate on the Finance Bill in the National Assembly on Thursday, Ncube said:
We are also reviewing the salary of civil servants. We want to review their basic salary and allowances. We are also reviewing the policy in terms of how they should be paid.
Ncube’s remarks on the extension of public workers’ US dollar COVID-19 allowance flies in the face of what was said by civil servants’ representatives on Wednesday.
Speaking to reporters after a National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC) meeting held on Wednesday, Apex Council chairperson Cecilia Alexander said that the government had pledged to extend the foreign currency non-taxable COVID-19 allowance to December. She was quoted as having said:
We had a meeting today with Government representatives who made an undertaking to extend the COVID-19 forex allowance to December. We also discussed the issue of salary increase and the negotiations are ongoing.