via Madhuku threatens to sue government. 13 June 2014 NEWSDAY ZIMBABWE by Paidamoyo Muzulu
THE Lovemore Madhuku-led National Constitutional Assembly (NCA) party has threatened to take government to court for breaching civil servants’ right to have fixed pay dates.
The NCA threat comes barely 24 hours after Civil Service Commission (CSC) secretary Pretty Sunguro announced changes to civil servants’ pay days for the next six months.
The government has been struggling to raise revenue for most of its operations and salaries.
NCA spokesman Maddock Chivasa said the CSC announcement infringed the workers’ rights as enshrined in the labour laws that say a pay day should be fixed.
“As a result of yesterday’s pronouncement by the Civil Service Commission, NCA party is now taking the Zanu PF government to court to ensure that workers’ rights are protected and respected. The NCA will seek to get a court order compelling the Civil Service Commission to fix a single day to pay civil servants their salaries every month as compared to giving different dates as announced yesterday,” Chivasa said.
Chivasa added: “The sought court order can then be used for legal action once government fails to pay civil servants on the set day.”
Zimbabwe’s economy has been plagued by liquidity crunch and declining revenues since the end of the coalition government that steadied the economy for the first time since 2000.
The NCA argued that the Zanu PF government was not worried about the plight of workers and the inconvenience of the sporadic pay days as it had its eyes fixed on the next election.
“While government is evidently violating workers’ rights, it seems that Zanu PF is already campaigning for the next elections due in 2018. Zanu PF is busy parading vehicles and putting up posters urging Zimbabweans to elect it in 2018,” he said.