Harare (New Ziana)-THE Government on Monday assured its workers that it would continue to pay them their USD175 through Nostro accounts while it works on improving conditions of service.
The USD$175 allowance was introduced by the Government at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, initially as USD$75 until early this year.
In a statement, Public Service Commission Secretary, Ambassador Jonathan Wutawunashe, rejected suggestions that the Government would discontinue payment of allowances to its workers in foreign currency.
“The Public Service Commission has noted with concern a fake message circulating on social media insinuating that Government is withdrawing the USD$175 benefit paid to civil servants through their Nostro Accounts.
“The Commission advises that this is a fake message created and disseminated by miscreants bent on tarnishing the image of the Government. Contrary to the fake message, “Government is committed to improving the welfare of its workers and is continuously working on measures to enhance both monetary and non –monetary benefits,” he explained.
Meanwhile, government workers’ representative union, the Zimbabwe Confederation of Public Sector Trade Unions (ZCPSTU) implored the employer to cushion them from inflation by paying them in USD only.
“The ZCPSTU notes with disturbed alarm the continued and drastic loss of value of our Zimbabwe Dollar salaries. This situation has seen a regression towards the incapacitation of workers, which we have all along been trying to address. There is now greater need for a lasting and holistic solution to this salaries’ conundrum.
“According to our long standing position, ZCPSTU will only negotiate for USD$ 540 for the lowest paid worker without compromise. It is now clear that RTGS salary increases are not sustainable and amount to a dog chasing its own tail. The employer should now be clear that workers can only be servedbetter if they earn their salaries in USD and that goes for both the public and private sector,” the union said in a statement.
Civil servants, who have been agitating for full USD$ denominated salaries, were already getting a US$75 Covid-19 allowance.