Teacher unions applaud government efforts to improve civil servants’ welfare

By John Nhandara

TEACHERS’ Unions have welcomed the move by government to adjust salaries of teachers’ and other government workers as a positive step towards improving the welfare of civil servants.

This follows Tuesday’s announcement by the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Professor Mthuli Ncube, that salaries for teachers and other civil servants have been reviewed upwards, with non-monetary benefits also being unveiled.

Zimbabwe National Teachers Union CEO Emmanuel Nyawo said: “We appreciate the gesture by government for realising that there is need to cushion workers from these economic challenges and also for realising that there is need to adjust our USD dollar incentive.”

Zimbabwe Teachers Union (ZIMTA) Chief Executive Officer, Dr Sifiso Ndlovu applauded the gesture by government to cushion its workers and underscored the need for continuous engagements between government and public workers.

“We appreciate the new dimension or a new approach in our negotiating forum, for example a hybrid payment system where we receive some of our money in hard currency. Also, cardinal changes like the transport system and payment of school fees for our kids…” he said.

This Tuesday, government awarded civil servants a 20 percent salary increment backdated to the first of January this year, with a US$100 hard currency converted from a portion of the salary also set to be paid to every civil servant per month, with effect from the first of March.

Teachers were also awarded other non-monetary benefits, including importation of cars duty free and payment of school fees for three children.