By A Correspondent- Speaking on the sidelines of a donation ceremony that saw the elderly in Bulawayo’s Luveve suburb yesterday receiving food hampers, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube promised civil servants their bonus and said they will get their 13th cheque, Sunday News reports. Ncube also said they were still negotiating with the National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC) to increase the civil servants’ salaries.
Said the treasury boss:
On bonuses, the civil servants should not worry much, for now we will address their salaries and allowances. Bonus as we all know it is a norm that we pay it every year, hence this year, it won’t be different, we are working on paying them their 13th cheque
On increasing the civil servants’ salaries, Ncube also said the negotiations are ongoing:
We are continuing talks with civil servants noting that they are hardworking and critical to our economy, especially those in the health sector, who make up our frontline workers in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, which has largely affected our nation. What we are doing now is that we are engaging the civil servants to see how we can continue with the non-taxable foreign currency allowance for the entire civil service and the risk allowances for our health workers
Ncube’s claims about ongoing salary negotiations were confirmed by Apex Council President and Trade unionist Cecilia Alexander who said:
The negotiations are yet to be concluded because the Government initially came to us with a figure which we felt was far less than what we expected. Regarding bonuses I am sure this will also be tabled in our next meeting but since we are fast approaching November, I must emphasise that as civil servants we expect our bonuses to be paid.-statemedia