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Civil Servants Demand Cushioning Allowance

Civil Servants Demand Cushioning Allowance

Civil servants are lobbying for a cost of living adjustment (COLA) from their employer, less than a month after receiving bonuses in foreign currency. Civil servants were also paid their December salaries last week.

Speaking in an interview with Business Times, civil service Apex Council deputy secretary-general Gibson Mushangu said they want another cushion before their next paycheck.

Mashangu said without a cushioning allowance, government workers will struggle to pay school fees when schools open in January 2022. He said:

We appeal to the government to deposit a cushion amount which will take us to the family basket of ZWL$54 000 after factoring in the ZWL$22 000 salaries we got in December.

The salaries which were paid on December 17, 2021, has already been spent due to the fact that our wages are too little.

Our salary of ZWL$22 000 per month has been overwhelmed within six days of payment and it’s very unfortunate that it has come in December and January where we have Christmas, new year and schools opening.

We don’t know what we are going to do there but all we can say is that we have hit the hard times before the festive season with the situation expected to be tougher after the holidays.

Civil servants are pushing for the restoration of their pre-October 2018 salaries which were about US$520 on average.

Alternatively, they want the Government to pay their pre-October salaries in Zimbabwe dollars converted at the inter-bank rate. Said Mashangu:

The rate [is now] ZWL$200:US$1 on the parallel market and with our ZWL$22000 we are getting US$110 while based on the auction rate we are getting US$208 per month which is still too low for our needs.

According to the Consumer Council of Zimbabwe (CCZ), the cost of living for a family of six was ZWL$54 264.24 in November. It rose from about ZWL$35 000 in June this year.

A police officer who preferred anonymity told Business Times that the Government should consider a serious review of their salaries. Said the police officer:

As for the basket, it is double my salary therefore I cannot enjoy the festive season later alone preparing for the back to school in early January.

The authorities should increase salaries as we have families to look after.

More: Business Times


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10 Comments

Mhazi of silobela 4 months ago

True bush lawyer. Pensioners aripama1


Kanda 4 months ago

Kana vasingadi vasiyei come 2023 tisangana muballot hapana mushandi arikufara kunze kwevari self employed nembavha nemagweja


Mr ndhlumbi 4 months ago

Government iyi yakadhakwa. it's the worse in Zimbabwean or Rhodesian history as we all can see. ngavangoise salary payakasiirwa naMugabe although they were promising us that they are better.


Adv slamey 5 months ago

Every worker needs a fair and reasonable wage or salary let's not just advocate for civil servants alone but every worker ngatingoti mushandi wose like we say and sing pa national anthem yedu vashandi vatuswe


Eddie 5 months ago

NO TO CUSHION ALLOWANCE BUT A LIVING WAGE


Buchwa Dewa 5 months ago

Please ma civil servants zivai peku vhotera 2023
NHM


Black Jack 5 months ago

Yes. I'm a former civil servant. I support that Civil Servants be paid Cost Of Living Allowance yavo ya 2021 at the end of December. Then the Government should increase their salaries in January 2022 according to the cost of living yemu Zimbabwe. That way kana vanhu vano vhota vachifara. Handei tione Gvt.


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# 5 months ago

They are right to demand COLA..5 days mari yapera.. remember negotiations takes time.gore rinopera pasina kana action..
NHM!


Pasi Nemhanduuuuuuuu 5 months ago

Whether you call it cushion, sofa, pillow or bed allowance it's useless because that is not a permanent or long term solution.
Workers need a living wage(period). And maworkers achowo musaite ask for tunhu tusina basa. Stand firm on your one and meaningful demand/request: living wage.


WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 5 months ago

APEX COUNCIL HAVE ADOPTED A VERY WEIRD APPROACH TO THE SALARY DEMAND FROM THE GOVERNMENT. IT SHOULD NOT ASK FOR CUSHIONING ALLOWANCE. WE WANT A SALARY INCREMENT STRAIGHT AWAY OR A SALARY UPWARDS ADJUSTMENT.

SALARY ALLOWANCES COME IN WITH DUBIOUS INTENTIONS. SOME ARE GIVEN THAT ALLOWANCE, BUT OTHERS LIKE THE PENSIONERS ARE NOT GIVEN ON THE PRETEXT THAT THEY NO LONGER BOARD BUSES TO WORK.

WHAT GOVERNMENT FORGETS IS THAT A PENSIONER IS A VERY RESPECTABLE CONSTITUENT IN SOCIETY. IF A PENSIONER TALKS ILL ABOUT A GOVERNMENT, SOCIETY READILY ACCEPTS IT. IF HE LAMBASTS THE GOVERNMENT SOCIETY EASILY BELIEVES IN IT BECAUSE THEY SAY A PENSIONER KNOWS WHAT GOES ON IN GOVERNMENT BECAUSE HE WAS THERE.

I DO NOT KNOW WHERE OUR GOVERNMENT GOT THAT TERM FROM KNOWN AS CUSHIONING ALLOWANCE. THERE IS NOTHING LIKE THAT.

[ PLEASE ABANDON YOUR IDEA ABOUT CUSHIONING ALLOWANCE ]

YOURS SINCERELY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ]



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