Nurses' pay dates moved

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s administration has made a dramatic U-turn on nurses’ salaries promising to pay them their dues tomorrow instead of next week as previously scheduled.

Government workers have been on strike since Tuesday over unpaid salaries because of a chronic cash shortage that has hit the country in recent months and has forced the broke government to reschedule pay dates.

Treasury had announced that health workers would get their June salaries on July 14 but owing to the magnitude of the industrial action called by the Apex Council, an umbrella body representing all civil servants, acting Finance minister Walter Chidakwa said they will now be paid tomorrow.

This comes in the wake of a hugely successful call by activists for Zimbabweans to stay away from their workplaces and daily economic activities yesterday.

“Treasury advises that the June, 2016 salary payment date for the health sector is being moved from 14 July 2016 as previously advised to 8 July 2016. Treasury sincerely regrets all the inconveniences caused, Chidakwa said in a statement.

Teachers who have been promised salaries today are also among those who have stopped work because they had not been paid in more than a month.

Earlier in the week, police used teargas and water cannons to break up protests in some areas of the capital.

The unrest had begun when minibus drivers erected barricades in a protest against harassment and roadblocks by the police demanding bribes.

Comments (2)

hope we get july salaries in july

musha todd - 7 July 2016

u will not get your salaries this month because I can assure u that chinamasa is coming empty handed plus they used money from the soilders and police to pay the rest of the civil servant tmrw so no money. there is no money but Mugabe travels with 6 million each time he travels with 30 people overseas tells u all u need to know

petros - 7 July 2016

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