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Goverment, civil servants seal salary deal?

by Staff reporter
21 Mar 2019 at 07:23hrs | Views
Government and civil servants yesterday sealed a salary accord after the employer improved its offer to the workers from $350 million to $400 million. This will translate to a salary increment of $129 across board effective April 1.

The lowest paid worker in Grade B1 will now be getting $570 up from $441.

Negotiations for a further salary review—possibly in June—will continue with other non-monetary incentives being considered. The Government workers put pen to paper after a Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) meeting held in Harare.  

An agreement sealed by the two parties states that a consensus was reached after taking into consideration "the challenges being faced by members of the public service due to rising cost of living and having noted the state of the economy."

"(It was agreed that) a cost of living adjustment (COLA) of $400 million be effected across the board for all members of the public service with effect from April 1 2019 to December 31, 2019," reads the agreement.

"Government undertook to clear the Premier Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS) arrears resources permitting and provide additional public service buses to augment the current fleet of buses."

The JNC also agreed that Statutory Instrument 52 of 2019—which allows civil servants to import cars duty-free—be implemented. It was also agreed that study tours on the establishment of the Public Service Bargaining Council be conducted by June 2019.

"Negotiations would continue to consider sector-specific allowances and other non-monetary incentives," reads the agreement.

Apex Council chairperson Mrs Cecelia Alexander said negotiations will continue until the welfare of civil servants improved. "Though we have our demands which we want met, at least this is a sign of fruitful dialogue which has culminated into this agreement," she said.

"As Apex Council we will continue negotiating with the employer and this agreement is subject to review in June. We have agreed that developments in the economy, whether positive or negative, will see the parties sitting on the table to dialogue."

She added: "As Apex Council we are also happy that finally we have been heard on the issue of duty-free cars. This is also a sign that Government is committed to the betterment of our lives as workers and we hope all other non-monetary incentives we are pushing for will come to fruition."

Government recently unveiled a $60 million housing facility for civil servants as part of the non-monetary incentives. A memorandum of agreement between the employer and the National Building Society (NBS) on the rollout of the project is in place.

This is part of Government's commitment to provide decent and affordable housing to the people, mostly civil servants and among President Mnangagwa's interventions to alleviate hardship among citizens on the back of austerity measures Government is implementing.

Source - chronicle

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