President Gundane blasts Government for not prioritizing teachers PDF Print E-mail

Civil servants will not back down on the issue of bonuses as government has failed to prioritize the workers, says Zimbabwe Teachers Association (ZIMTA) President, Richard Gundane

Created :2 February 2017

This follows a meeting held between government and civil servants representatives last week where government announced that it had no money and was unable to pay bonuses in cash due to unresolved debts.

President Gundane said government offered civil servants three options which included residential stands, investment bonds and fifty percent cash plus fifty percent non-monetary payment.

“Government gave an outline of their debts as evidence but this only shows that it is prioritizing other debts over the issue of bonuses”Gundane said.

He added that workers did not welcome the offers as they already had debts that needed to be repaid in cash while other individuals already had stands therefore residential stands were not a viable option.

Mr.Gundane assured civil servants that ZIMTA sought to strengthen its alliances with other unions and put pressure on Government in order to yield positive results on this issue.

He said, the meeting had been adjourned until the 20th of February as Government requested more time to deliberate on the issues raised.

 

The issue of teachers’ bonuses has become not only a right and an entitlement as teachers have always received bonus.

Last year government delayed paying bonuses as civil servants received their 2015 bonuses between February and May 2016.

If government fails to pay bonus in 2017 it will be a first ever, since Zimbabwe got its independence in 1980.

 

 

 

 

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