Govt applauded for commitment to improving civil servants welfare

By John Nhandara

THE Government has been commended for addressing the plight of civil servants and introducing non-monetary incentives as part of broader efforts to improve their welfare.

The measures announced this Monday by the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Professor Mthuli Ncube which among other things are meant to improve the welfare of civil servants have been described as a positive gesture set to motivate public workers.

Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) Chief Executive Officer Dr Sifiso Ndlovu says the recent salary review is clear testimony of government’s willingness to engage in dialogue to improve the welfare of civil servants.

“This is a positive development and we hope the same spirit of dialogue should continue as we try to fix challenges that civil servants are facing.
People who spoke to this news crew concurred that the move is key in motivating government workers and improving the work ethic in the entire civil service,” said Dr Sifiso Ndlovu, ZIMTA CEO.

The government this Monday announced a 100 percent salary increment for civil servants including the security sector, the legislature and judiciary with effect from the July 1 and also announced some other non-monetary incentives for public workers.

The government also reviewed upwards on call allowances for doctors and laboratory scientists as well as night duty and standby call allowances for nurses and nurse aids, among other incentives.

The government and civil servants representatives are continuing with negotiations through the National Joint Negotiating Committee to find a win-win solution and consensus between civil servants and their employer.