Zim Civil Servants To Receive Bonuses

“We however still do not have much money in our coffers but we can afford to give the civil service bonuses this year,” he said in an interview. “Our coffers are very dry but we feel as a government that they deserve to get more money for the festive season.”
Zimbabwean civil servants earn an average of about US$150 monthly but they say this is too little because the Poverty Datum Line (PDL) currently stands at about US$500 in Zimbabwe.
They however want at least US$550 each.
Minister Biti said government would raise the money through taxation and other “unmentioned business”.
Insiders said he was trying to quell civil service strike action which had been planned for early next year if he did not give them the bonuses which were normal during the days of the Zimbabwe dollar.
This is the first time that the local civil service will receive a bonus after dollarisation was introduced by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) Governor, Dr Gideon Gono.
The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) said it welcomed the move but said the civil service was still grossly underpaid.
“They are overdue because we do not get enough money anyway,” a spokesman said in an interview with Radio VOP.
“Anyway half a loaf is better than no bread.”