Council suspends salary advances

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Gweru mayor Hamutendi Kombayi

GWERU City Council has temporarily suspended salary advances, which are routinely requested by workers, saying the advances are gobbling up money meant for middle and senior management.

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In a memo dated March 23 2015 and addressed to the chamber secretary and personnel manager, assistant director of finance Michael Verenga, said the influx of salary advancement applications was straining on the council’s cashflow management.

“The continuous application for December 2014 salaries has seen us failing to save enough money to fund November salaries for middle and senior management and this has a knock-on effect on the December 2014 salaries for the lower grades,” reads part of the memo copied to the salaries accountant.

“We are, therefore, temporarily suspending processing of requests for December 2014 salaries until a time when middle and senior managers have received their salaries.”

Gweru employees received November 2014 salaries early this month and because of the delays, workers have been thronging council offices to get salary advances to meet their living needs.

They are still to be paid December 2014 salaries.

Neither town clerk Daniel Matawu nor mayor Hamutendi Kombayi were available for comment yesterday, but the latter is on record for saying the issue of workers’ salaries is a top priority to the council.