Govt releases new pay dates for civil servants

THE government has released the 2015 civil servants salary schedule.

PHILLIP CHIDAVAENZI
SENIOR REPORTER

According to the schedule, teachers — who constitute the bulk of the civil service — will be paid on January 27, February 24, March 24, April 27, June 29, July 27, August 24, September 28, October 26, November 25 and December 28, 2015.

Members of the national army will receive their salaries on February 16, March 13, April 15, May 14, June 12, July 13, August 12, September 14, October 15, November 13 and December 15 2015.

The rest of the civil service will be paid on January 29, February 26, March 26, April 28, May 28, June 30, July 28, August 27, September 29, October 28, November 27 and December 29 2015.

Pensioners will receive their payouts on January 30, February 27, March 30, April 30, May 29, June 30, July 31, August 31, September 30, October 30, November 30 and December 30 2015.

Finance and Economic Development secretary Willard Manungo has already written to the Public Service Commission confirming the 2015 pay calendar for government workers who have decried the constant change of pay days in recent months.

“Treasury has taken note of the proposed (pay) dates for 2015,” Manungo said.

He said the proposals were guided by cashflow projections.

Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association chief executive Sifiso Ndlovu yesterday said while they were aware of the new pay dates, they pleaded with the government to ensure that teachers got paid on those exact dates.

“We look forward to the government sticking to those dates,” he said.

“At least there is now certainty (regarding the dates) because it is very critical when working with salaries.”

Ndlovu, however, expressed concern that although the government had already appointed a team leader for the National Joint Negotiating Council, other organs were yet to appoint members and this could stall negotiations.

“Understandably, the CVs must be scrutinised, but we feel that the government is taking too long,” he said.

“This week should have been the week of action, so this is cause for concern.”

Apart from the team leader from the government and the workers’ side, Ndlovu said the government had to appoint nine other representatives to complement the nine workers’ representatives and there should be a neutral chairperson, who would be dealing with both sides.

“There must be a neutral chairperson who is independent of both sides and his business is to sort out all the items as advised,” he
added.

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