“Give ongoing negotiations a chance”

the herald

Mukudzei Chingwere

THE government appreciates public service pay concerns and is instituting internal processes to address the issue, but workers must consider other government obligations in their demands, the minister for public service, labor and health said. social protection, Professor Paul Mavima.

President Mnangagwa’s administration has made clear its commitment to continuously improving civil service wages and salaries and other conditions of employment.

Over the weekend, the government said it was meanwhile giving its workers a 100% pay rise as a relief measure pending the outcome of talks on employment schemes.

In addition to the US dollar relief allowance given to the entire public service to protect workers from the cost of living, the majority of the public service receives US$175, and this relief continues.

However, some members of the civil service yesterday staged a flash protest in Harare to pressure the authorities to meet their demands for US dollar-denominated salaries.

The government has made it clear that there will be no dollarization and that all expenditures must be revenue-linked, with no borrowing for recurrent expenditures.

Speaking to the Herald yesterday, Minister Mavima confirmed internal processes to address workers’ concerns and advised realism within the civil service as the government purse is expected to meet other tax obligations.

“There will be consultations within government, and then once a new position has been developed, we will return to the bargaining committee table. But the civil servants themselves must be very, very attentive to their requests,” Minister Mavima said.

“We can’t put all the money into salaries, it wouldn’t make sense, there has to be service delivery, there has to be investment in terms of infrastructure, so there has to be some left over. money from government revenues after we paid for civil service.”

Minister Mavima noted the need to strike a balance between livelihoods and the medium to long term development of the country.

Zimbabwe is set to achieve an upper middle income society by 2030 as a means of improving people’s livelihoods.

Tremendous progress in this regard has been recorded in infrastructure development projects like construction of roads, equipment, houses, opening of several businesses and creating an environment to attract investment to the country. .

However, despite the Treasury’s involvement in these capital-intensive projects, the government has not given up on the welfare of civil servants.

These include building houses and ensuring the availability of decent housing for civil servants.

Last month, the government also fulfilled part of its commitment to improve the conditions of service of teachers after releasing $2.68 billion for the payment of school fees for their children, as agreed in February.

Treasury funds covered 103,556 children from all 10 provinces of the country, the government’s commitment was that it would pay up to three biological children per teaching family by paying up to $20,000 per child per term.

The government is also building cafeterias for the civil service to ensure that they create a conducive working environment for them while they are at work.

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