Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube said the Government was currently the best payer among employers in the country.
Ncube insisted that the government was doing far much better than the majority of private sector players with its lowest-paid workers, among them the office orderly, now on a monthly salary of about $14 000. He said:
The lowest-paid civil servant right now is on $14 500. A teacher right now will be earning close to $19 000. And the lowest paid civil servant is actually an office orderly. We are way ahead of the private sector in general.
Ncube made the remarks during an interview with Zimpapers Television Network (ZTN) on Tuesday evening.
He was unpacking the recently launched government’s economic blueprint, the National Development Strategy (NDS1).
Ncube also said under NDS1, the Government will adopt a different approach in its remuneration of civil servants, to ensure that it gives its workers a sustainable and living wage.
He said under the Transitional Stabilisation Plan (TSP), priority appeared to be inclined towards sustaining budget surpluses.