Furore over civil servants' pay date change

HARARE - Financial constraints have forced government to change the pay dates for civil servants, Public Service minister Prisca Mupfumira has said, amid a furore among government workers.

Police officers who used to get paid after teachers are now getting their salaries earlier.

This comes amid complaints by some civil servants that government seemed to favour uniformed forces when it comes to remuneration.

A new pay schedule indicates that soldiers and police officers would receive their salaries first ahead of nurses and teachers.

Mupfumira told the Daily News at the weekend that it was only prudent to have civil servants paid sector by sector, starting with those with less numbers.

“Staggering pay dates for employees has been the norm and government has considered numbers of personnel in each sector considering the rate at which it can mobilise resources,” Mupfumira said, adding that “whatever the case, all of them get their salaries after every four weeks”.

“Historically, pay dates have always been structured as such without problems. Government adheres to the principle of equality and impartiality henceforth does not favour any group of its employees but treats them equally.”

Without any balance of payment support and starved of foreign credit, Zimbabwe’s budget is funded 100 percent from tax collections and most of it goes towards salaries, leaving no money for infrastructure.

Unions representing civil servants including the Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Teachers Association as well as others who make the Apex Council, said they have opposed the new plan to no avail.

“We protested against the clear bias in favour of the military and we were advised changing the cycle would create confusion but having reported this to the members, we now ask our structures to debate and give us guidance,” PTUZ secretary general Raymond Majongwe said in a statement after their meeting with government.

Last month, soldiers got their salaries on the 16th, followed by the police and prison officers who got their salaries on the 20th, while teachers got paid on the 27th, with the rest of the civil service only getting paid last Friday.

“Last year, we got our bonuses after Christmas, soldiers got theirs before. This year, we got our salaries after Christmas, soldiers got theirs before and now we are supposed to be paid after they and their police counterparts have been paid, how do you explain that?” Majongwe queried.

Comments (17)

Instead of worrying about a medium to long term solution govt is debating about payment dates for each sector is the civil service.Surprisingly they are not worried about where the money will come from given that revenue collections continue to fall? Tax revenue will continue to dwindle in line with a shrinking economy. Going forward where will govt find money to pay civil service wages and pensions and let alone annual bonuses. They need a miracle solution to this problem!

Samson - 1 February 2016

Its a matter of time before money for security sector is finished.. The inevitable has arrived.. Its game over.

X-MAN IV - 1 February 2016

but there is no pay day & date for February. pay day for February is 27 January. kkkkkk.

basopo basopo - 2 February 2016

The police and the soldiers once ordered to brutalize the noise making civilian servants, will not stammer to act accordingly, hence their priority in payment.

Mukanya - 2 February 2016

I cant stand reading Daily News at all these days...your headlinesa re always full of politics esp Zanu Pf issues. what kind of paper are you, Zanu yakaora kare we nolonger wanna hear about it. there are other critical issues that a reputable newspaper like you should be tackling other than what we are seeing everday..heee G40 THIS g4O THAT. we are tired of reding this factionalism thing everydat mhani....nxa, chinjai maitiro

leela - 2 February 2016

Nguva yakaoma kubata nayo ichauya uye demo mazuva aya asina kutapudzwa hapana aizopona. Asi mazuva aya akatapudzwa nekuda kwe vatsvene

civilian - 2 February 2016

Nguva yakaoma kubata nayo ichauya uye demo mazuva aya asina kutapudzwa hapana aizopona. Asi mazuva aya akatapudzwa nekuda kwe vatsvene

civilian - 2 February 2016

Nguva yakaoma kubata nayo ichauya uye demo mazuva aya asina kutapudzwa hapana aizopona. Asi mazuva aya akatapudzwa nekuda kwe vatsvene

civilian - 2 February 2016

Nguva yakaoma kubata nayo ichauya uye demo mazuva aya asina kutapudzwa hapana aizopona. Asi mazuva aya akatapudzwa nekuda kwe vatsvene

civilian - 2 February 2016

Nguva yakaoma kubata nayo ichauya uye demo mazuva aya asina kutapudzwa hapana aizopona. Asi mazuva aya akatapudzwa nekuda kwe vatsvene

civilian - 2 February 2016

Nguva yakaoma kubata nayo ichauya uye demo mazuva aya asina kutapudzwa hapana aizopona. Asi mazuva aya akatapudzwa nekuda kwe vatsvene

civilian - 2 February 2016

It is only in a country like this stone aged country Zimbabwe were civil servants salaries make headlines we have to ask why, because it is the only occupation the gvt is there for. A country using 85% of its budget on salaries is not worthy its existence.

wamaromo - 3 February 2016

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