Articles tagged 'civil servants'

Govt mum on bonuses 13 October 2018 HARARE - Government is evasive on whether it will pay bonuses for its 300 000 employees, whose salaries take up a huge chunk of the national budget. With the fiscus operating on a shoe string budget, payment of the thirteenth cheque has been somewhat a challenge for more than a decade now. ...
Zim to cut wage bill by $200 million 8 October 2018 HARARE – Finance minister Mthuli Ncube says government's cost containment measures will see the 2019 and 2020 National Budgets reducing the annual wage bill outlay by around $200 million and $130 million, representing 0,7 percent and 0,4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) respectively. “W...
Military pay hike angers teachers 15 July 2018 HARARE - Teachers have re-ignited their feud with President Emmerson Mnangagwa's government by accusing the authorities of favouring the military and police whom they have awarded allowances. The rest of the civil servants which includes teachers, who form the bulk of the civil service, were e...
ZCTU calls for general strike 18 April 2018 HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa's administration has been plunged into another crisis after the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) yesterday called for a general strike to protest against its “disregard” for workers. ZCTU president Peter Mutasa told the Daily News yesterday that th...
Government meets divided civil servants 4 April 2018 HARARE - Government will meet leaders of the Apex Council this week to consider civil servants’ demands for improved working conditions in a bid to avert a looming industrial action. Teachers have threatened to stage a nationwide strike, starting next term, if government fails to meet their de...
Govt to unveil 230 000 houses for civil servants 13 March 2018 HARARE - APEX Council, the umbrella body for civil servants' unions, has said government has come up with a new national command housing scheme to be launched by President Emmerson Mnangagwa soon. This comes as government has launched numerous command projects in various sectors — agriculture,...
Govt fails to pay bonuses 21 February 2018 HARARE - Civil servants are fretting over government's delay in paying them their 2017 bonuses, two months into 2018. Civil servants' unions who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said most government workers had given up hope of getting paid their 2017 bonuses, accusing the re-elected Cecilia ...
Civil servants demand raise 18 January 2018 HARARE - The continued rise in the cost of living is creating serious challenges for the new government which is now faced with fresh demands from civil servants for massive salary adjustments in line with the increase in the breadline. Unions told the Daily News this week that public workers ...
Chinamasa's long history of embarrassments 15 October 2017 HARARE - My wife took off after our first child...Oh my kind of rambling life wasn't her kind of style...So I kind of toughed up and learned not to feel...They started calling me the man of steel... These are the lyrics in legendary American singer Hiram William's timeless classic, Man of Stee...
Biometric system for civil servants 6 October 2017 HARARE - Government will soon embark on biometric registration of civil servants to weed out ghost workers, Labour minister Prisca Mupfumira has told the National Assembly. According to the Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency, government employs 300 000 workers, a number which does not include...
Civil servants oppose Medical Aid Societies Bill 26 August 2017 HARARE - Civil servants are opposing proposed legislation seeking to regulate the functions of medical aid societies, describing the new Bill as unnecessary ostensibly because it seeks to duplicate the functions of the Insurance and Pensions Commission (Ipec). Cecilia Alexander, chairperson of...
Mugabe rules out pay increase 17 August 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has ruled out pay increase for civil servants in a development which marks a huge shift from his populist decisions which analysts have previously blamed for hurting the country's economy. Mugabe has consistently used State occasions such as the Independence Da...
Reduce wage bill: IMF tells govt 8 July 2017 HARARE – The International Monetary Fund has repeated its calls for President Robert Mugabe’s broke government to retrench its workers further in line with reforms aimed at reducing its huge wage bill. This comes after the executive board of the IMF concluded the Article IV consultation with Z...
Populism killing Zim recovery prospects 4 July 2017 HARARE - It is apparent the President Robert Mugabe administration's populist tendencies and reluctance to implement reforms is increasingly creating headaches for his government. This is proved by latest revelations by the Finance ministry's accountant-general, Daniel Muchemwa, on the state o...
Teachers plan massive strike 29 May 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's under pressure government is facing a fresh crisis after teachers warned yesterday that they would stage a crippling strike if authorities go ahead with their plans to close more than 40 schools in Matabeleland South. Their mass action threats come as fed up ...
Govt in desperate move to raise bonuses 11 April 2017 HARARE - Hard-pressed President Robert Mugabe's government is issuing Treasury Bills (TBs) in a desperate move to raise money to pay restive civil servants' 2016 bonuses, Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa told the National Assembly last week. This comes as government buckled under pressure fr...
TBs set to worsen Zim's situation 11 April 2017 HARARE - Revelations that government is issuing Treasury Bills to raise money to pay bonuses for the 300 000-plus civil service confirms what we have been saying all along. Government’s decision to pay the unbudgeted 2016 bonus after pressure from employee unions is likely to worsen the situat...
New, strict civil servants dress code 18 March 2017 HARARE - Government has introduced a new strict dress code for civil servants, citing deterioration of dress standards in the public service. The dress code, which includes barring female workers from wearing tight trousers, sleeveless tops and dresses as well as miniskirts among other, is als...
Civil servants go on strike today 5 March 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's cash-strapped government is set to endure yet another torrid time with its workers, with civil servants set to begin their long mooted strike tomorrow over their outstanding 2016 bonuses. This comes as the stone-broke government has been pressured to agree to...
'Teachers to strike on Monday' 14 February 2017 HARARE - A rural teachers union yesterday said it is going ahead to stage a strike next week Monday over their unpaid 2016 bonuses. This comes as State health institutions’ doctors have also threatened to down tools tomorrow, unless the hard-pressed President Robert Mugabe’s government improve...
Angry teachers give strike notice 1 February 2017 HARARE - Rural teachers, who form a large part of long-suffering civil servants, have formally given notice to strike after growing disillusioned with President Robert Mugabe’s stone-broke government, which is failing to pay them on time. This comes as the government has recently offered civil...
Pay civil servants bonuses: MDC 27 January 2017 HARARE - Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC yesterday said civil servants must be paid their 2016 annual bonuses as a matter of urgency. This comes after government advised on Wednesday that it was too broke to pay the 13th cheques, offering other options, including giving the restive public workers resi...
Govt unable to pay bonuses 26 January 2017 HARARE - Cash bonuses for civil servants will no longer be paid this year because government has no money, with restive unions threatening industrial action. This emerged at a meeting between government and civil servants' representatives yesterday to discuss their welfare. Finance minister...
Outrage over civil servants bonuses 19 January 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe's stone-broke government has once again failed to raise funds to bankroll civil servants' bonuses, raising the spectre of widespread protests by the restive workers. Last year, Mugabe — in a typical populist move — vowed that the public service workers would re...
Govt to grab private land for civil servants' homes 13 January 2017 HARARE - Government has said it will grab private land to allocate residential stands to restive civil servants, with officials denying that the State-facilitated housing project is a vote-buying gimmick ahead of the 2018 elections. In a bid to appease civil servants who are complaining about ...