The government has increased civil servants’ salaries by between 45 per cent to 50 per cent as it fulfils a promise to stagger the wage increment for employees.
Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Deputy Minister Lovemore Matuke said the civil servants’ salary increment is part of the Government’s commitment to addressing their welfare issues.
He said Government will continue to fine-tune the non-monetary benefits of employees as it embarks on creating a conducive environment for workers. He added:
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There are loans being provided to civil servants so that they can start businesses, there was also a vehicle scheme to import vehicles duty-free, this has been rolling for about 10 years and is pending renewal.
We also are looking into the issue of housing. We are working on providing civil servants with accommodation and this is gradually happening. There are a number of options and some of the options will be coming from their unions suggesting how we can improve their welfare but on the side of Government we welcome all suggestions that will benefit our employees.
After ZIMTA wrote to President Mnangagwa, the government increased civil servants’ salaries by 25 per cent and committed to further increase the salaries mid-year.
Further, Government has availed numerous non-monetary incentives to cushion workers.
However, the government has failed to fulfil a promise it made last year to have raised salaries by June this year to match those earned by workers in 2018.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Teachers Association (Zimta) chief executive officer Dr Sifiso Ndlovu said he has also been notified that the lowest grades in public service received a 50 per cent salary increment, more than the pledged 45 per cent. Ndlovu said:
Judging from the gross figures that I have seen, they have slightly gone beyond their promise in the general terms but in the specifics, it’s not. The talk, in general, is that the increment would be 45 per cent but they have effected a 50 per cent increment. Meaning this is a sliding scale and how that sliding scale will affect the teacher is what we need to discuss and fine-tune in the consultative process.
Workers have since 2019 been launching periodic protests to have their 2018 salaries restored. Teachers have been vowing not to return to work as schools reopen demanding better salaries and safe working conditions.