Teachers Welcome USD Bonuses But Are Not Happy
Though the Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) has welcomed the government’s move to pay civil servants’ bonuses for this year in foreign currency, the union is still disgruntled. Partly because the Government has not undertaken to base the bonuses on the civil servants’ pre-October 2018 salaries.
Permanent Secretary for Finance and Economic Development George Guvamatanga revealed that civil servants will be paid their bonuses in foreign currency up to a maximum of US$700 and civil service pensioners will receive bonus payments of US$100 plus an extra US$80 for spouses.
In response, ARTUZ welcomed the development saying that it will temporarily alleviate workers’ poverty.
The statement by ARTUZ read:
“The Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (ARTUZ) takes note of the recent memo on the 3rd of November 2021 by finance secretary Mr Guvamatanga to the Public Service Commission in which indications were made that the 2021 bonus will be paid in United States Dollars, USD.
“Whilst this is a welcome move as it temporarily alleviates workers from the dire situation they are in, we are appalled that the bonuses are not capped at the original value of our salaries of pre-October 2018.
“We also are strongly urging the government that any attempts to pay the bonuses at the interbank rate will be resisted and the payment should be in USD across the board.
“The payment of bonuses in USD vindicates the Union’s long-held position that the government of Zimbabwe has the capacity to pay its workers in USD but only lacks commitment.”