Govt to continue engaging civil servants

By Peter Chivhima

GOVERNMENT says the door remains open for constant engagement with the civil service to improve their welfare in the wake of revelations that more non-monitory incentives are in the offing.

The second republic is not only focusing on international relations in its engagement thrust but also views dialogue as key in ensuring an efficient civil service.

That is the position that the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Professor Paul Mavima reaffirmed in an interview on ZBC News and Current Affairs programme, Face the Nation this Tuesday.

“Engagement is a continuous process that we started a few years ago. Recently we have increased our workers’ salaries by 20 per cent and in addition, we have USD75 COVID-19 allowances and an additional 100-dollar hard currency component which means there is an increment in salaries. This is not the end, we will continue engaging with the civil service,” he said.

Professor Mavima also revealed his ministry’s top priorities for the year 2022 which are meant to bring relief to the general public.

“We are no longer emphasising welfare but also develop and I think you have seen the turnaround at NSSA and NBS. We are all about good governance and we are introducing mortgages for the good of our people,” added Mavima.

In the spirit of engagement, Professor Mavima noted the importance of civil servants to negotiate in good faith.