COVID-19 Allowances For Civil Servants Extended

Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Paul Mavima has said civil servants and Government pensioners will continue to get their tax-free US dollar COVID-19 allowances until December.

Government offered monthly allowances of US$75 for civil servants and US$30 for retired civil servants in June as a temporary measure for three months to last August.

Mavima made the announcement on Friday while responding to concerns raised by the Junior Cabinet on the welfare of Government employees during a virtual Junior Cabinet meeting.

Mavima also revealed that negotiations are taking place between the government and civil servants and he hoped that an agreement on a cost of living adjustment will be reached soon.

He, however, said members of the APEX Council should be realistic in their demands.

Civil servants are reportedly demanding the restoration of the pre-October 2018 USD salaries in the Zimbabwe dollar equivalent at the prevailing interbank rate.

More: The Herald

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