Zimbabwe government has announced a salary increment and a United States dollar pegged Covid-19 allowance for all civil servants and pensioners for a period of three months.
In a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development on Wednesday, the salaries have been increased by 50% effective from June, 2020 as a way of helping families sustain normal life during the lockdown period.
The statement also says that civil servants will get a US$75.00 Covid-19 allowance while pensioners will be entitled to US$30.00 per month.
“Pursuant to government commitment to continuously review and improve renumeration framework for Civil servants taking into account the transitory economic challenges being currently experienced in the country which has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, government makes the following announcement, with immediate effect, all civil servants salaries will be adjusted by 50% and In addition, all civil servants will be paid a flat, non-taxable, Covid-19 allowance of USD75.00”, reads the statement.
Economic analysts said this adjustment has been made to address some of the wage challenges in the Civil Service in a way that it will not negatively affect the market place.
The announcement comes in barely after civil servants expressed discontent over wages with health workers at Parirenyatwa Hospital staging demonstrations over poor renumerations.