Civil servants blast Chinamasa

THE Apex Council, an umbrella body that represents all civil servants’ unions in the country, has torn into Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa’s Mid-Term Fiscal Policy Statement, saying it spelt out government’s intention to further impoverish its hard–pressed employees.

PHILLIP CHIDAVAENZI
SENIOR REPORTER

Apex Council chairperson Richard Gundani said civil servants were disappointed that the statement had a glaring omission on the welfare of government employees. He said the statement proved that government was “taking with the left hand the few dollars it gave with the right”.

The statement issued by Chinamasa early this month saw increased taxation on airtime tariffs, increased duty on cheap imported vehicles and hiking of fuel taxes.

Gundani said the increases were set to further erode workers’ disposable incomes and disadvantage the poor.

“These increases can only unleash a spiral of price increases and artificial shortages of goods that will see the attainment of PDL [Poverty Datum Line] linked salaries for civil servants as a pie in the sky,” he said and urged government to revise the statement to reflect on the plight of over–taxed workers.

He said it was disappointing that senior government officials recently had substantial salary increases and that needed to be cascaded down to the rest of the civil service.

Chinamasa on Tuesday said government’s wage bill was embarrassing and unsustainable as over 75% of national revenue was gobbled by salaries of the over
250 000–strong civil service.

This has left little money pay down debt and to rebuild crumbling public infrastructure such as roads, schools and hospitals.

“I am embarrassed that our wage bill is some 76% of whatever revenue we receive. It’s not good, it’s not sustainable,” Chinamasa said.

Civil servants had a paltry 14% salary increment early this year.

Government has been on a collision course with the International Monetary Fund over its wage bill which is believed to be unsustainable.

9 Comments

  1. Handiti maiti MDC ndiyo yaikonzera kuti musapiwe mari and uye maizowana a living wage kana Zanu yave kutonga.Mwari will punish you for choosing evil instead of good.This Zanu pf gvt has impoverished our people since 1980 and for someone to even put his X on a party that is so clueless and ruthless defies logic
    Muchamama kusvika 2018 and because you are stupid you will still vote for them for another 5 years of misery
    Shame

    1. shamwari hatina kuvavotera vakaNikuva. As workers we must protest and demand our rights . to fellow soldiers like myself i say pliz join the masses and surprise those who think we are there to serve their selfish interests. they stole our vote and now they want us to suffer again. lets fight these satanists now.

  2. ngatirwe nguva yakwana

  3. There’s no rigging the economy, u reap what you sow

  4. ndo bhora mgedhi racho ka iri

  5. this is our time to fight these thugs whom we never voted for in the first. They nikuved our vote its payback time.we as the armed forces are prepared to join the masses in demanding our rights,we will surprise anyone who thinks we are their puppets

  6. This government has destroyed a working economy, one of the best in Africa.These people are greedy, corrupt and selfish with them it’s my pocket first and the country LAST.They don’t care about anybody.

  7. chinamasa should kip his mouth ziped koz during inclusive gvt used to say mbiti arikurambira mari n he promised pple heaven on earth so u got to fullfil yo promise apa murikungoramba muchiemployer maevil servance acho

  8. our greatest undoing as a nation is our perennial failure to hold our government accountable. the tragedy of it is that the civil servants do not realise that they hold the key to correcting things in the country. towards elections they were promised heaven on earth and queued to vote overwhelmingly for their oppressors. they are now at the fore-front crying foul. where do you think chinamasa will get the money when the economy is not functioning. remember you were hoodwinked to think that tendai biti did not want to give you money by the same people who do not want to give you money now. the simple fact is that the economy is bleeding thanks to zanu-pf’s anti-FDI policies. without FDI we will grovel until madhongi amera nyanga. go to any country people talk of FDI even USA is busy courting Chinese investors. yes we are after the chinese as well but do we have policies that are pro-FDI. i personnaly don’t think so especially given that we do not have laws that protect property rights which is vital for any investor worthy his salt. corruption is rampant and there is no transparency, the list is endless. the president was in china to try and source for funds but let me tell you this; the chinese forgot about his visit soon after his hotel room was cleaned.

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