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Civil servants issue bonus ultimatum

by Thobekile Zhou
06 Dec 2016 at 03:50hrs | Views
Restive civil servants have given Government an ultimatum for bonuses saying they expect to be paid before December 25.

The cash strapped Government has been silent on whether civil servants would be paid bonuses.

Last week, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira said no decision has been reached on paying bonuses.

This has prompted the civil servants through Apex Council chairperson Cecelia Alexander to demand clear bonus details.

"We write to seek information on the payment dates for the December 2016 salaries and the 2016 bonus.

"We would appreciate if our salaries for December 2016 were paid before Christmas to enable us to have a decent festive season with our families.

"We are also expecting to receive our bonuses for 2016 before year end, this time starting with those who have been receiving salaries in the following month.

"May you please furnish us with the above requested information and concrete dates as soon as possible" said Alexander in a letter to National Joint Negotiating Council , Civil Service Commission and Treasury.

A few months ago, Finance minister Patrick Chimanasa announced the suspension of bonuses for two years, a development that exposed government divisions.

Information minister Chris Mushohwe quickly dismissed Chinamasa saying Cabinet never agreed on that.

Civil servants got their 2015 bonuses early this year, in batches.

However, Chinamasa is expected to shed more light when he delivers the 2017 national budget this week.

Source - Byo24News