The government Wednesday finally paid bonuses for agitated nurses and doctors, who were part of the last civil servants to get their 13th cheques for Zimbabwe’ 2014 financial year.
Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors’ Association president, Doctor Fortune Nyamande confirmed to Studio 7 that their members have started accessing the bonuses in their bank accounts.
The Zimbabwe Nurses Association Harare chapter had threatened to go on strike if the government did not pay the bonuses by Wednesday as it had promised.
In a related development, representatives of the Apex Council,an umbrella body that brings together civil servants associations, on the same day met with new Labor minister Priscah Mupfumira in what was described as a familiarization meeting.
Acting Apex Council chairperson and Public Service Association president Cecilia Alexander, said the platform gave them the opportunity to present to the minister some outstanding issues affecting civil servants, like ever-shifting pay dates and bonuses.
Alexander said the other issue that they presented to the minister, who promised to look into everything, was the breakdown of communication between the civil servants and the government resulting in the government channeling statements through the media.