Civil servants demand promised increment

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s promises for a pay hike to government workers was a “high sounding nothing,” civil servants said yesterday.

Mugabe promised to review salaries of civil servants to above the $570 poverty datum line, but no increment has been effected to date.

The least paid civil servant is still getting $296.

“It is very tragic that such promises were coming from the head of State and government,” said David Dzatsunga, chairperson of College Lecturers Association of Zimbabwe.

Despite failing to fulfil his promises, Mugabe has not stopped giving more promises of a salary hike.
In December, during the burial of the late nationalist Eric Gwanzura, he again promised to review government workers’ salaries.

On Monday, civil servants threatened to strike unless government reviewed their salaries.

In response, government has said any industrial action must be legal.

Dzatsunga told the Daily News it was unfortunate that civil servants had been promised bottled smoke.

To Dzatsunga, the action by the government to cut allowances for its judiciary workers in more than 10 ministries was a sign the government had no money.

Government has been paying monthly skills retention allowances of between $150 and $400 to magistrates, law officers, prosecutors and other legal officers in various ministries and departments.

“The reality of the matter is, there is no money in the coffers of the government to meet its promises,” Dzatsunga said.

“I stand to be corrected if I am wrong, but it seems our government has no money.”

Nicholas Goche, minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare maintained that his ministry and government workers were still negotiating but were yet to reach a decision.

Unions such as the Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (Zimta) continue to say that dialogue with government should be given a chance before any strike action.

Comments (10)

negotiations, negotiations, negotiatioillns, till 2018. you will be fortunate to get that increment or is it a token

tk - 9 January 2014

Any promise must be fulfilled orit was a vote buying gimmick civil of Zim are not united...muchakanga waya

ngton - 9 January 2014

Civil servants, please do not expect any increment from ZANU-PF criminals. These are criminals who have no clue regarding the continued economic melt down in this country. As we speak most of Ministers and Deputy Ministers are outside the country on holidays including Mugabe who has destroyed this country. Calculate the total number of cabinet Ministers by a minimum of $25,000 spending money given to them. If you think that mbavha idzi dzinokudayi makarasika. Looting is rampant as we speak. The economic revival plan, ZIM ASSET being parotted everyday is strategy to divert attention of the people from real issues affecting this country. Do not expect any miracle from mbavha dzeZANU-PF never, never, never.

Mbavha - 9 January 2014

What were you expecting the party especially towards elections. I don't if the is inter ministerial consultation before misinforming the public

Brother - 9 January 2014

What were you expecting the party especially towards elections. I don't if the is inter ministerial consultation before misinforming the public

Brother - 9 January 2014

I am sorry to say this, but ma civil servants apa makaratidza kusafunga. How can you be promised a bird in the tree in exchange of your resounding votes? How many things have you been promised by the same guys since time immemorial? Ndimwika makamboenda pa office ya Biti muchiita ma demostrations for pay increment. So my question is this time muchananga pa Munhumutapa kunoita ma demo?

hamadziripi - 9 January 2014

Asazi soyicela ivuthiwe ngoba ithemba kalibulali.

bongoman - 9 January 2014

Asazi soyicela ivuthiwe ngoba ithemba kalibulali.

bongoman - 9 January 2014

"Men shall not live on bread alone" was the Son of Man's response to the devil when He was being tempted. I urge every civil servant, let alone every national to work out plan B for survival. Collective job action should be there to enforce positive action but in this country it results in the opposite, you get fired for it and become desolate. You die sooner than your time, so set up something in case of the rainy day. A strike by the civil service is the most effective of all I can think of because government business grinds to a halt. This is when most citizens realise the importance of civil servants. when they have back up (Plan B for survival) fear is muted and their full potential realised.

Gutsie - 10 January 2014

Kumwe kudzidza hakubatsiri zvokwadi. Vanhu vakadzidza mungasweroudzwa nhema imi motenda kuti shuwa tichapuhwa mari. Kangani muchiipuwa matombopinda mustreet? Saka nhasi chitsva chiyi?

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 10 January 2014

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