Government tables improved offer for civil servants

by | Mar 1, 2022 | Local News | 0 comments

Government tables improved offer for civil servants

• Increases USD salaries

Pretty Manyewe

The longstanding impasse between Government and its workers is set to end, as the Apex Council has accepted a new agreement brought to the National Joint Negotiation Council by the Public Service Commission.

The Apex Council – the highest workers body` for those who work in Government- has accepted the 20 percent upward review.

In a statement, Public Services Commission Secretary Ambassador Jonathan Wuatawunashe said civil servants will have better access to foreign currency.

“It was agreed that teachers will receive a 20% review on gross emoluments (basic salary, transport allowance, housing allowance and representation allowance where applicable) backdated to 1 January 2022 and to be paid February 2022 pay date, continuation of payment of USD $75 COVID-19 allowance for civil servants payable in hard currency with effect from 1 January 2022.

There is an introduction of USD $100 salary to be paid in hard currency across the board with effect from 1 March 2022. This is over and above the ZWL salary, bringing the total USD monthly pay component to USD$175, with effect from 1 March 2022,” wrote Ambassador Wutawunashe

The representatives signed an agreement with Government in acceptance of significant steps the employer has taken to improve conditions of service for all civil servants which provides a number of monetary and non monetary benefits.

“Other benefits listed include the introduction of a housing loan guarantee scheme for home ownership for all civil servants, payment of advancement awards, with immediate effect, backdated to 2012 and subject to computation and payments will be effected in a staggered manner. Improvement of the administration processes for Rebate of Duty on motor vehicles imported by civil servants, payment of school fees for every teaching family for up to three biological children at a maximum of ZWL $20 000 per child per term. Modalities of implementation will be worked out by the relevant authorities and a Provision of 34 000 housing units as institutional accommodation for teachers within and outside school premises over a period of five years,” said Ambassador Wutawunashe

The Council is said to also have agreed that negotiations will continue to be conducted on a quarterly basis.

“The Public Service Commission also takes this opportunity to express its gratitude to all civil servants ho have continued to diligently perform their duties during the processes of negotiation and engagement. Dialogue and engagement are the only way we can continue to find common ground for the greater good of Zimbabwe’s citizens, said Ambassador Wutawunashe.

The salary adjustments are timely, as they are likely to tame unions which had taken advantage of the negotiations to smuggle imperialist agendas in the country`s education and health sector