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ZCTU Moves to Block Transfer of Pensions to Revenue Authority

Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions protest. File Photo.
Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions protest. File Photo.

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions on Friday said it has started taking measures to block the transfer of activities currently being carried out by the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) and the treasury.

At the advice of the World Bank and other international financiers, ZIMRA will soon be collecting and administering the country’s pensions, a move the ZCTU says is wrong.

There are already moves on the ground towards formalizing the proposal by the World Bank, which according to government officials, advised Harare to put all revenue collection in the country under one department.

ZCTU secretary-general Japhet Moyo told VOA the union has written to the government registering its concerns, especially their fear that the money might be misused by the cash-strapped government that has been struggling to raise salaries for civil servants.

“For example, the government already owes the social security authority $100 million which it is failing to pay back,” said Moyo. “We will not accept this as the ZCTU.”