Civil servants declare incapacitation, Govt rushes with January cushioning allowance


Xolisani Ncube

Government workers have declared incapacitation and vowed not to report for duty starting next week.

Last week, government offered its workers a 97 percent salary increment but this was immediately shot down by the Apex Council, which represents civil servants.

The Apex Council is pushing for an equivalent of US$475 for the least paid government employee.

In statement issued Monday, the public workers said they were unable to report for duty as they were incapacitated.

The public workers said government should pay their salaries indexed to the USD dollar and this should be done urgently.

“Government must urgently move to pay USD$475 indexed to the interbank market rate,” read part of the statement.

According to the offer tabled by government last week, the least paid worker was to take home $2 033, a figure rejected by the civil servants representative.

However, Finance and Economic Development minister Mthuli Ncube earlier told journalists at State House on Monday that government was willing to negotiate with the workers.

“We are prioritising them so much and we are keen to see to that we pay a workable wage. So we are in talks with them,” Ncube

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) is also planning mother-of-all demonstrations to press government to address key national issues and reverse “anti-poor people policies”.

The labour movement stated that the demonstration was to push for better wages.

Meanwhile, Government has awarded its employees a cushioning allowance of between $400 – $800 for the bands. In a statement, Finance secretary George Guvamatanga said that the decision to award the cushioning allowance is guided by the capacity of the economy and the 2020 Budget. Band A will get a $750 cushioning allowance, Band B $760, C $770, D $780, E $800 while Band F will get $400.


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