Teachers, armed forces get salary hike

The increases are with effect from next month. The salary adjustments will see a non-graduate teacher earning a gross monthly salary of $33 million and a graduate teacher getting $35,3 million inclusive of general allowances such as housing and transport. Certified graduate teachers ‘ those with a teacher’s diploma and degree ‘ will earn a basic salary of $46,9 million per month. In the security services, the lowest paid ranks in the Zimbabwe National Army, Zimbabwe Prison Service and the Zimbabwe Republic Police will earn a gross monthly salary of $27,2 million. The Herald quoted Public Service Commission (PSC) chairman Mariyawanda Nzuwa as telling journalists at a Press conference in Harare on Wednesday that with effect from next month, the lowest paid civil servant would be earning a non-taxable monthly salary of $14,8 million and this was meant to cushion those in that category from the effects of inflation. He said the salary review was an acknowledgement of recent developments in the economy in which inflation has eroded incomes and the buying power in the civil service. The salary adjustments, he said, would cover the next eight months. “Government has seen it fit to bring about relief to all public servants to ensure that they are able to meet their daily needs that include housing and transport,”Nzuwa said. “We would have wanted to do more, but that can have an unacceptable impact on the programme of economic turnaround,” he added. Nzuwa said salaries of civil servants in higher grades would be adjusted accordingly. The PSC chief said the Government had in the past been accused of not recognising the contribution of teachers to national development but this was not the case as evidenced by the improvement in their conditions of service. The Government, he said, intended to hold consultations soon with representatives of civil service staff associations on collective bargaining in preparation for next year’s budgetary allocations.

April 2006
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