The government is reportedly set to review civil servants’ salaries and cushioning allowances soon.
According to a Business Times report, the Zim Dollar salaries will go up by about 90% while allowances will be increased to US$200 from US$175.
Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (ZCPSTU), chairperson Cecilia Alexander, told Business Times that the increment will not be enough but will help to improve the welfare of civil servants. Said, Alexander:
We are not yet where we want [US$540 per month] but the recent confirmation of the review by the Treasury shows that we are making progress towards our requested monthly pay.
It’s not easy to get where we are, it’s after protracted discussions but we will certainly continue with engagements with the authorities.
Business Times reported a source as saying the adjustment will see most workers getting nearly US$300 per month. Said the source:
The actual amount is yet to be finalised but according to the proposed papers, the Treasury has set the US$ portion at US$200 and the ZWL$ component at around US$70 000.
This week, the Treasury will submit the proposals to the (inter-ministerial) Committee.
Then, it will have a meeting with the civil servants on the government’s position.
Civil servants have previously rejected Zimbabwe dollar salaries and are demanding a pre-October 2018 salary level of US$540 a month.
Source : Pindula