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Civil Servants Express Skepticism Over New Pay Dates

  • Gibbs Dube
  • Jonga Kandemiiri

Civil servants have reacted with skepticism over moves by the government to put specific pay dates for public workers following delayed monthly salaries in the past.

Some of the civil servants, who spoke to Studio 7 following the publication of a fresh six-month schedule today, said they are not sure whether the government will smoothly implement the pay scheme.

They noted that the government is facing serious funding problems due to deflation, which is crippling its operations.

Under the new schedule, members of the national army will, like in the past be the first to be paid in the first two weeks of the month, followed by teachers and then the rest of the civil servants and pensioners at the end of each month.

The new pay scheme was crafted by the government following discontent over the delay in salary payments of civil servants and pensioners.

Sifiso Ndlovu of the Zimbabwe Teachers Association says they will wait and see if the government will implement the pay scheme.

Secretary general Raymond Majongwe of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe said they are worried that the government is setting a bad trend of not having a fixed pay day that will soon be followed by private companies.

"It is disappointing, disheartening. It is unfortunate and we want to believe it sets a very dangerous precedence for the future of labour in this country," Majongwe said.
The newly transformed National Constitutional Assembly Party condemned the government’s move not to have a fixed pay.

NCA spokesman Mardock Chivasa said the Civil Service Commission’s proclaimed pay days violate workers’ rights. He said his party will ensure that the government is taken to court over this development.

"Our lawyers are working on the issue. We are already working on the court papers to ensure that we take the government to court," said Chivasa.
Political commentator Roderick Fayayo says the government is changing pay dates due to lack of funds. Studio 7 was not able to speak with Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa, as calls to his mobile phone were not answered.