Govt committed to improving civil servants welfare

By John Nhandara

THE Government continues to engage civil servants on improving their welfare with another National Joint Negotiating Council meeting set for this Friday.

The government this Wednesday met civil servants’ representatives in the first joint negotiating council (NJNC) meeting of the year where improving their welfare was high on the agenda.

Deliberations centred on the offer the government tabled to civil servants with another feedback meeting expected to be held this Friday after consultations.

“Yesterday we had a virtual meeting where we deliberated on the offer that government was putting on the table. Workers requested to go and consult their membership and come back with the feedback tomorrow on the cost of living adjustment and other non-monetary benefits that government workers are entitled to,” said Simon Masanga, the Permanent Secretary in the Minister of public service, Labour and Social Welfare.

Chairperson of the Apex Council, the umbrella body of civil servants representatives, Cecilia Alexander said the engagement should lay a framework for public sector wages.

“We will be having a meeting tomorrow Friday with Government. The major discussions are centred on civil servants salaries.”

The government recently announced that it will be paying COVID-19 allowances for civil servants in foreign currency, with the government employees having also been paid their December bonuses in United States dollars.

The second republic has pursued the engagement thrust as a way of ensuring that it delivers on the expectations of its citizens by taking their contributions on board.

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