Civil servants sceptical over bonus dates

CIVIL servants yesterday said they will treat the 2015 bonus payment schedule, recently announced by government, with scepticism, claiming the message had not yet been properly communicated to them.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

Apex Council president, Richard Gundane said government should have directly communicated with civil servants’ representatives than convey the message through the media.

Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa told State media on Wednesday that the government had come up with dates for the payment of civil servants starting with the Zimbabwe Defence Forces this month, Zimbabwe Republic Police and Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services as well as the health sector in March, followed by the education sector in April and lastly the rest of the civil servants in May.

In his 2016 National Budget, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said a number of policies to mobilise Diaspora remittances as an important source of liquidity in the economy have been instituted.

Gundane said they would seek clarity on the dates when they meet as National Joint Negotiating Council on February 10.

“I think we have been fighting to get the dates from the government. We woke up today (yesterday) to the news that bonuses will be paid from February up to May. That political pronouncement is in the right direction,” he said.

“However, you will realise that for us leaders to speak confidently about those timelines, we need to get it directly from the minister. There is also no clarity on dates, but we are going to meet as the National Joint Negotiating Council on February 10 to get clarity.”

Gundane said the government should plan and come up with dates for the 2016 bonuses in time to minimise mistrust with civil servants.

Zimbabwe Nurses’ Association secretary-general, Enoch Dongo said they welcomed the move.

The Rural Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (RTUZ) said the timelines announced by government were meant to thwart plans by the union’s members to go on strike starting on February 15.

RTUZ said although the announcement came as good news, they still had other outstanding issues that include the unilateral 7,5% pension deduction and cancellation of vacation leave for teachers.

9 Responses to Civil servants sceptical over bonus dates

  1. mkuru k February 5, 2016 at 7:26 am #

    munhu haana chakanaka batirwai pension pane kuti wakuretaya onzi hatina pension kana wakabatirwa unowana matauriro. RTUZ is talking nonsense, at times u hv to appreciate-bonus dates hv bn availed makutsvaga to nyaya

  2. BASOPO BASOPO February 5, 2016 at 7:30 am #

    MAY THE MINISTER CONCERNED BE REMINDED THAT IF WE GET OUR BONUS FOR 2015 IN MAY & APRIL PANENGE PASARA 7 & 8 months respectively for us to get the 2016 bonus. ARE YOU PREPARING ADEQUATELY FOR THIS OR YOU MAY WANT TO GIVE US THE 2016 BONUS AGAIN IN MAY 2017???. VARUME, MWASHATA, HAAA, MWAUYA KUIPA MANJI.

  3. Gandanga February 5, 2016 at 9:07 am #

    We have tolerated this ZanuPF govt for a long time. The President should nominate his successor now. He is old and there is no cure for old age. We all grow old. We all die. The falling down at the airport, a near fall in India and at the recent AU meeting are a clear indication that the old man is now very very old and feeble. With due respect he should now choose a successor. I don’t care whoever is chosen I will support him or her.

  4. muchamama February 5, 2016 at 10:58 am #

    Ideally a bonus is a privilege not a right.Hence it cannot be demanded.If employers have no resources to pay ,they are not obliged to.

    Unfortunately it’s difficult to defend or sympathise with the employer in question because it’s corruption levels run too deep.Matakan’yan’ya ega ega.Employer uyu ari kurumwa nechekuchera…………….Mari kuvanhu nekukasika please.

    Manjemanje uchawona mari ichapfachurwa in honour of 21 February.Nxca zvinhu zvacho hazvina kana direction.

  5. clement moyo February 5, 2016 at 11:26 am #

    Unfortunately Muchamama it is in the regulations of employment in government and so it is a right and you can actually sue for it and win the case. Civil servants were not paid their bonuses in 1996 and they sued and won the case only to be denied by the undemocratic government of Bob Mugabe that agreed to pay when they get the money but did not pay.

  6. Titus February 5, 2016 at 12:53 pm #

    If payment of bonuses is not a right, then why is government (especially the president) so concerned? Is it love for the civil servants i wonder. However, what seems to be clear here is that the bonus will always be paid in arrears. Rimwe gore richatomedzwa chete.

  7. Chitovah February 5, 2016 at 5:31 pm #

    sando kuna mdara .bonus kuvanhu ya2016 tinoida futi

  8. kariba fish February 5, 2016 at 6:03 pm #

    Kusarohwa kwese uku kunokukonzeresai kutaura zvisina basa pamusoro paHis Excellence.hamuzvizive ipapa kut mari inonetsa.u think inongoitwa zvokuvhomorwa muchirugu sehuku…appreciate the efforts being made.

  9. mwanawevhu kukaroi February 7, 2016 at 6:47 am #

    kana bonus yapinda bhadharai zvikwereti .mapuwa mukana .zvikwereti inumber one key to poverty .live within your salary.siyanai nemaloan ayo nezvimbadzo izvo .plan in advance and save money .That $450 is a lot of money.It is possible even if your dependants exceed 10.Pamaimbotambira $10 mumakore aya maimhanya mhanya kuti zvinhu zvifambe .Ende zvaitofamba .Apa makarelaxer .ngazvifambe ka45 times

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