Civil servants’ give in on salary increment

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CIVIL servants have given in to the government’s offer of a $54 salary rise which will see the lowest paid employee earning around $375 per month.

VENERANDA LANGA

According to the negotiators, the increment was a far cry from their efforts to achieve a poverty datum line (PDL) wage of $505 as pegged by Zimstats. They said they had no choice, but to agree to the $54 increment for progress’ sake.

Government is said to have set aside $13 million for civil servants’ salary increments for 2014 and the workers’ representatives said they were now basing their hopes on the mid-term budget review that could give them another lifeline towards achieving a PDL-linked wage.

Zimbabwe Teachers Association (Zimta) chief executive officer Sifiso Ndlovu said the $54 increment will see the salary bill increasing from the previous $142 million to $155 million per month.

“The salary bill will move by $13 million and it means the lowest paid civil servant will now get $375 inclusive of transport and housing allowances,” said Ndlovu.

“This is not the best increment they could give us, but it opens a new chapter so that we move forward and see what should be the next stage, for example, looking at other modalities of non monetary incentives like housing stands at affordable monthly rates.”

Ndlovu said the National Joint Negotiation Council (NJNC) also agreed that $3 million would be set aside to take into cognisance increases of salaries of some civil servants who had achieved senior levels and higher educational qualifications.

Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe chief executive officer Manuel Nyawo said they were unhappy with the increment, adding they had to compromise in order to reach an agreement with government.

“That amount is far from adequate and cannot do anything to improve our situation.  However, government said it was committed to reviewing the salaries again after six months.  We were left with no choice except to agree, especially after government promised other non-monetary incentives like housing stands which it said were going to be funded by a NSSA funding scheme,” said Nyawo.

He, however, said government did not disclose how much was earmarked for the housing stands scheme to help solve accommodation problems civil servants were facing.

“In future, I hope government will use other PDL scales other than Zimstats so that we come up with an agreed position,” he said.
Nyawo also warned the MDC-T and Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions against meddling into civil servants’ issues saying it was politicising workers’ unions.

“The MDC-T and ZCTU want to politicise the negotiation process by inviting the Apex council to discussions with them.  If we were to engage with them government would take us (Apex) as people with a political agenda.  They must leave us to tackle our salary issues alone,” said Nyawo.

35 COMMENTS

  1. ndokuti vaMugabe ka uku. next tym makuziva kuti hapana chinobuda frm thz guyz musanyeperwe.
    Tsvangirai itomira mira wena vanaNyawo ndavaMugabe vanoda kuraya vanhu nenzara.

  2. ndokuti vaMugabe ka uku. next tym makuziva kuti hapana chinobuda frm thz guyz musanyeperwe.
    Tsvangirai itomira mira wena vanaNyawo navaMugabe vanoda kuraya vanhu nenzara.

  3. This is so sad. I f Iremeber ver well the last ZANU PF Conference in Chinhoyi agreed to pay the least government worker a salary equvalent to the PDL. Whether the [DL I $540 or $505, how come the least paid worker has been pegged at $375? Hazvina hazvo mhosva. Everthing will eventually come to an end.

  4. Newsday inonyeba guyz i71 not 54 yako iyo yaurikutaura munhu vepi and zvitori nani coz over 4years in inclusive govt how much didu offer kumacivil servants musangoshora mhani imi.

  5. Cde Nyawo dont speak as if you own all the civil servants. You think we dont know you and and your friends are paid huge sums behind our backs to silence you???FOOLISH MAN!!! let those who are willing to advance the wishes of the genarality of civil servants like me and others do so..

  6. for four years hatina kuwana kana cent asi tsvangirai promised us 3000 yatapuwa iyoyo iri nani,maita henyu hurumende asi afta six mnths tioneiwo

    • tinto,you are offside,were you running for the President or MP.If that is the case sorry too late for you to campain for elections that that were won by the most popular gentle man who has a body of knowledge,known world wide.the man you are demonising has a record of success.you are able to write this nonsense after the same demonising gave you free education.Game iri ndera mwari,hakuna anotonga asina kupiwa basa iri namwari.ko rako nderei?

    • TONDE,HOW WEAKED YOU ARE CIVIL SERVANTS SHAPED YOUR LIFE,NURSES TEACHERS MADE YOU WHAT YOU ARE,AFTER ALL 78 DOLLARS IS BETTER THAN 5 DOLLARS AWARDED DURING THE INLUSIVE GOVERNMENT.BE REMINDED THAT A COUNTRY WITH DIAMONDS WILL NOT RUN DRY.

  7. ZANU PF nonsense. This is very disheartening for hardworking civil servants who are earning a slaver’s wage. People should just vote with their feet. When Biti was finance minister ZANU kept insisting the money was there and that BITI was denying civil servants their dues. What has happened to the money Mr Chinamasa?

  8. better at least its more than what we got for the 4 years of gvnt of national unity. the president urged responsible ministers to work towards pdl linked salaries he didnt say you will get it in january 2014 that is not practical it doesnt make any sense. the economy will fall as many of you externalise the money thru imports. so it will be gradual but over the 5 year term yemusangano definitely wwe will be at par with the PDL. mark my words lets not vent our anger improperly. i feel government did the best it could with the circumstances. all the best guys we meet at the banks

  9. what u all dont realise is that government revenue streams are drying up more & more each day as economic performance continues to decline. very soon pay day will become just a date on the calender without cash. The US dollar has no shortcuts, its either we make the economy productive or we starve, period.

  10. “This is not the best increment they could give us, but it opens a new chapter so that we move forward and see what should be the next stage, for example, looking at other modalities of non monetary incentives like housing stands at affordable monthly rates.”

    This is an example of a person or leadership that lack foresight. The Zimbabwean government is broke, companies are closing and revenue is decreasing. If anything, the next stage will be a freeze on salary increases or even orse, a cut in your salaries.
    Please open your minds and if possible read Chinamasa’s budget again and see Zimbabwe’s economic performance numerically.

  11. Media, media, wat to believe now, the other paper scribes its own figure, NewsDay figure, $54, The Zimbabwe Mail, $79. Others $78, why misleading people. From my understanding the understanding the lowest paid civil servant was pegged at around $297, so if u add $54 the amount will not reach $375. Both the writer and the editor are confused. Give people correct outcomes.

  12. Iri back date to with mnth coz blaz Bob said we shal give e civil servants b4 year end. & ther was confusion among workers union caused by Z*. so lets back date to 2013!

  13. varume kusatenda huroyi GNU ichitanga chinamasa anga aisa voucher. Biti akatipa $100 mari ikaramba ichikwira last year tikapiwa about $26. Zanu pf told us biti was holding money and 2013 was the turning point. Mdc is now out and u continue blaming it why. Just say the chinamasa budget cant sustain the grab and run cabinet and the pay civil servants. Civil workers who depent on this salary are as poor as school drop outs becoz our leaders grab and run with what belongs to the nation. Mudzimu wakupa chinamasa wati nhunzi dzikudye

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