Workers await on Mugabe promise

HARARE - As the year draws to an end, civil servants say President Robert Mugabe, who promised a salary increment for government workers, should fulfil his promises.

Mugabe told mourners at the National Heroes Acre in August this year that he will hike the salaries without fail.

Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) said they will continue to engage the president on the review.

“There is still time and we may get the increments before the end of this year,” said PTUZ secretary-general Raymond Majongwe.

“We want to believe that the electoral promises were genuine. The politburo acknowledged that the money civil servants are earning is not enough and that now must be transformed into action.”

Mugabe said: “We have promised to address the issue of salaries and conditions of living; we pledge to fulfil this promise this year.”

Majongwe said nine representatives of unions met on Tuesday and resolved to write a position paper that will be handed over to the Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa.

“We feel that the promises made by the president should now be fulfilled,” he said.

“We are waiting with glee for the president to fulfil his own words. If the government fails to pay there are so many things we can do to force them to pay us,” said Majongwe.

November is a month usually associated with bonuses and Majongwe says teachers are waiting for their 13th cheque.

“Government must not just come and impose views on us. We are supposed to know what is happening and right now we are in the dark,” he said.

Comments (8)

Seems like govt workers will have the longest wait of their lives !

Boorangama - 15 November 2013

mugabe has no idea as to where to get the money or how to create it in the shortest possible time to walk the talk. the fact of the matter is kana pasina hapana. As the saying goes "HAVAGONE HAVAGONE...HAPANA HAPANA" it will probabily happen 4 months before elections in 2018... how sad. if you realise that the gvt is failing to come up with money to import maize meal then the case of real salary increments is far away from happening.

tru - 15 November 2013

Maiti he Biti haadi nemari piwai increment tiwone .Inonzi ZANU iyoyo .They used you and they will only remember you when the next elections are around the corner.

Aluta continua - 15 November 2013

we wait and see whether he will be able or it was a loud sounding nothing

Lewis - 15 November 2013

kusvikira rini tichingonyeperwa.....ngativhurei maziso...we must act before its too late....toda kutamba christmas ma dollars ari tii...RISE ALL>>RISE ALL

papa - 15 November 2013

patience pliz. don't be fooled by Biti. He was just a failure with a doomed political career. just like Majongwe, after a resounding political defeat, he is trying to point out that he genuinely represents the interests of teachers. Do u still remember that he contested elections in 2013? Majongwe is just a gold digger. Teachers should resist abuse by such manipulators. Salaries are naturally scheduled for January in response to budget proposals.

big solo - 16 November 2013

Vakomana zanu makuruku piwai mari yainzi Biti arikuramba nayo.Tarisai ikozvino they are saying lets tax churches for 2014 National budget. What does that mean?

Zanu - 16 November 2013

bonus vanoiwana dont worry mari hobo tine ma diamond isu

vhavho - 18 November 2013

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