Published On: Sun, Nov 13th, 2016

Zimbabwe civil servants 2016 bonus pay dates

 President Mugabe has summoned ministers Patrick Chinamasa (Finance and Economic Development) and Priscah Mupfumira (Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare) for a crunch meeting to finalise a payment plan for civil servants’ bonuses.

Civil servants representatives will also convene a meeting with their employer this week seeking formal publication of bonus payment dates. The meetings follow Government’s order reversing an abortive Treasury proposal for a two-year bonus freeze. In the Mid-Term Fiscal Policy Review Statement in September,Minister Chinamasa proposed the suspension of bonus payments as part of measures to cut the civil service wage bill.

Civil servants generally receive their bonuses around December, though the 2015 payments to Government’s 298 000-strong work force were staggered as the State rallied to ensure employees got the extra cheque despite tough economic conditions.

Minister Mupfumira last week said the President was “personally” concerned about the bonus issue and Government was likely stagger payments again this year. She said the meeting with Minister Chinamasa would determine how bonuses would be paid.

“Government’s position has not changed since the clarification of Cabinet’s position was made public. First I will have to meet with Minister Chinamasa and verify how much money we have in Treasury that can be dedicated towards payment of bonuses.

“We have an option to make a once-off payment like we did in previous years – that is if we have the money – or we stagger the payment like we did last year,” said Minister Mupfumira.

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