Backdated pay rise for civil servants | The Herald

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Civil servants will receive salary increments backdated to January this year once Government agrees on a new pay schedule with workers’ representatives, it was revealed yesterday.

Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Nicholas Goche told The Herald that Government workers would definitely get a salary increment.

This comes against the backdrop that some civil servants, including members of the disciplined forces whose pay date is tomorrow, have received payslips that do not reflect any increment.

The Herald was yesterday inundated with calls from civil servants who felt “cheated” by their employer.
However, Minister Goche allayed the fears, saying Government had written to unions requesting a meeting to clarify these and other issues.

“What I can only tell you at the moment is that they (civil servants) will get their increments backdated to January,” he said.
“Government has written a letter to the staff associations to cause for a meeting where it will respond to their proposals.”

Minister Goche did not disclose how much the least-paid Government employee would get.
“They submitted their position paper and as such, we will give them the Government position through the normal channel. We have to agree with them at the negotiating table and we believe it is not proper to impose a new salary structure on them,” he added.

Civil servants are demanding US$543 for the lowest-paid worker in line with the poverty datum line and 30 percent of basic salary as rural allowance.

They also want indigenisation and non-monetary benefits.
The least-paid Government worker currently gets US$297.

Civil servants unions yesterday said they were not panicking over the non-existence of an increment on the pay slips of members of the uniformed forces.

“Their salaries are also determined and affected by collective bargaining processes that are currently going on,” said Teachers
Union of Zimbabwe chief executive Mr Manuel Nyawo.

“Considering negotiations are not yet complete, it is too early for anyone to talk negatively on procedural issues governing these talks. The journey to Canaan might take long but we can only comment objectively after we finish with Government,” he said.

The Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) has threatened to call for a strike if salary increments are not pronounced before schools open next Tuesday.

But Zimbabwe Teachers Association president and Apex Council team leader Mr Richard Gundani said they were expecting a positive response from Government.

The Apex Council brings together all unions representing Government workers.
“We are not expecting explanations or apologies, meaning any indication of a positive move by Government is welcome,” he said.
“I have been talking to the Government negotiators and a meeting will be held soon for us to get their position,” said Mr Gundani.

Added College Lectures Association of Zimbabwe president Mr David Dzatsunga: “We are happy Government is committed to our welfare and respects the process of consultation.

“We wait and see what they offer when we meet in a few days’ time but the fact that they are not hiding from us shows they are serious.”
PTUZ secretary-general Mr Raymond Majongwe said Government should expedite negotiations.

“This should be treated as a labour dispute between the employer and employees, not a political matter,” he said. “This is an urgent matter and we respect the party that won to govern and as such our legitimate labour demands should be respected.”

He said it was unfortunate that when they threatened to strike some people wanted to politicise the issue.
“We are not medieval workers but 21st century employees and as such a solution should be found urgently to put to rest any other negative thoughts among the workers.”

“We still hold our guns and we only wait to see what they have in store for the worker,” said Mr Majongwe.


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    Kuakwa Katiyo 8 years ago

    How are salaries backdated to current month?

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      Can you imagine backdated for 10dys…drama….

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      Thanks for highlighting that,was thinking that my understanding of backdating was offline! Its flowery language to silence those expecting the rise. He is talking of backdating without specifying by how much ,something is amiss here? Meanwhile civil servants will be working their socks off! We want answers from negotiators on what figures were agreed upon.

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    dayford 8 years ago

    Where will the money come from. Dont be fooled Zimbabwe…this govt is bankrupt.

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      All they are saying is that we asking you for credit but we cannot say when we will pay you. Sound like something you’ve heard before? Ask the IMF.

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    Kusvikazvanaka 8 years ago

    Very ambiguous! No rate increase and now you are told of a back pay,,…Ummmm…If they get a 10% increase it will be a miracle. These guys never run out of words. Them are sitting pretty and the workers are languishing. Did I get it right during the election campaign? The 90 year old said: ” Will make sure you all get decent salaries above the poverty datum line..”” What a cheat. In any-case this has been the strategy for his 32 years and no one seems to care. Cry the beloved country.

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    Rukweza 8 years ago

    Back dated air pies

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    You get what you voted for.34 years and the mug and zanupf can still fool most of the people most of the time.Just last night a program stated that zimbabwe has the most educated people in africa.Genetics maybe???????

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    Ndirendire 8 years ago

    They just want schools to open they are afraid of a looming strike “Matsotsi vanhu ava

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    Bhora mugedhiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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    Tourist everybody knew that these elections would be rigged including SADEC that’s why they will say they were peaceful and free but they won’t say fair. Yes I agree there was an element of free i.e. the ruling party was free to cheat. With all due respect to you I think I will not blame the people for this. It was beyond their control. It even shocked Zanu pf the lack of celebration in the street. MDC were actually out outmaneuved because they did not realize the level of cheating and thought that they would prevail by numbers even if it would be close. They played into Zanu’s hand by not refusing to participate after SADEC had ruled in their favor on the date of the elections. They also mistakenly thought Jacob Zuma was sympathetic to their cause. So it is not the people that blundered.

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    passenger 23 8 years ago

    i wonder what kind of teachers are these Gundane and company.They cant see they are being hoodwinked.fisrtly where is the token increament promised last year.this was repeated over and over again but it never 2014 increament to be backdated my foot.why is it that Goche and co cant just pay PDL related salaries and leave out all these useless meetings where both parties are feasting on our hard earned peanuts.

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    Chirutanga 8 years ago

    This government has got Economists and should not pretend that they do not know where the Poverty datum line stands in the country.Why does the government want to make noise when it comes to pay its own Civil servants.The government should respect its workers.Give them what they deserve and be a good master.Minister Goche, musadye moga.Government workers also want their families to survive.Giving them PDL and above is not a favour but thats what they deserve.If they do not get it then the Government is cheeating its own workers.We are tired of being cheated.Lets have a government which is honest to its workers.Todzokerazve Kuma STRIKE?

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    Stingray 8 years ago

    I remember pres mugabe addressing govt workers in egypt where he remarked that his farm workers earned more than them and promised to sort out the salaries once he got home that was 5yrs ago and nothing happened. What makes you think things will change this time around . Makashandiswa kurigger and your so called reps have been compromised that is why they want negotiations and more negotiations which will bear nothing. Strike ndizvo as what war vets did and got 50grand each.

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    Michael Saruchera 8 years ago

    The Herald reports like its a BREAKING NEWS that the salaries will be backdated.Its a statutory requirement to increase civil servants salaries from 1 January so if negotiations are protracted the salaries have to be backdated.Cheap Herald propaganda.

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    Kuakwa Katiyo 8 years ago

    So the good news is the pay will be increased and when it is increased it will be backdated to current month. Meaning there is not going to be a pay increase this month and when the pay will be eventually increased is unknown. It all depends on the circuitous negotiations we have going on. Sounds like taking workers to hell on a nice ride.

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    Delay tactics. Treasury broke.only pay nurses teachers. The rest ofthe gaggle are just zanupf hanger on ghostworkers of nepotism cronyism patronage corruption. Chete

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    Joe563 8 years ago

    Its so funny to be promised a back date of what u dont even know. How trustworth other people are.

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    Tfara 8 years ago

    I thought I read that the ministry of education has put a block on teachers salaries and school fees as there was no inflation. Gov is at the same time negotiating sal increases with teachers and staff from within the education ministry? I smell a muramba