By ZBC Reporter
GOVERNMENT says it has approved a number of packages for doctors and other civil servants to cushion them from the current economic challenges and improve their conditions of service.
The Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Professor Mthuli Ncube, who is attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland said the government is genuinely committed to addressing the plight of civil servants following revelations that a package for doctors has since been approved.
Minister Ncube was speaking in a television interview, where he emphasised that despite having limited resources, government is trying by all means to improve the workers’ conditions of service.
“We are genuine in our commitment to improve the conditions of civil servants. We approved an allowance to cushion civil servants. As for the doctors we are trying by all means to offer them, beyond the salaries, some packages, for example they can access various stands and are able to import vehicles duty free and other allowances. We are trying what we can, but we have limited resources. We appreciate the understanding, and we will continue to dialogue and do more,” said the Minister.
He also pledged government’s commitment to public private partnerships (PPPs) particularly in the health sector.
“The gesture we have received from the private sector really shows that the government is committed to work with the private sector in a Public Private Partnership. We welcome this, the government is doing its part, and we are delighted that the private sector was able to assist,” he said.
Government has always pursued dialogue with its workers and recently offered them a cushion allowance for January and tabled a salary increment that would see the lowest paid civil servant getting over ZWL$2 000.
By ZBC Reporter