Zimbabwe government postpones pensioners pay date


The financially hamstrung Zimbabwe government has moved forward the pay date for pensioners from May 31 to June 5, state radio reported Wednesday, citing the Public Service Commission.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe

This is not the first time that the cash-strapped government has shifted pay dates for its workers after doing that in June 2014 when it announced the pushing back of salaries and that there will be no fixed pay date for civil servants for some time due to cash constraints.
Since July last year, government workers have been getting their pay lips without a pay date as government avoids making false pay date promises to its workers.
The Zimbabwe government has been struggling to pay its 500,000 strong workforce on time for a year now because of cash constraints and a ballooning wage bill consuming 80 percent of state revenue.
This is happening against the background of a shrinking revenue base for government as more companies close, pushing many people into the informal sector that is difficult to tax.
The World Bank has since recommended the government to cut its wage bill and create fiscal space for infrastructure financing.
In April this year, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa announced the suspension of civil servants annual bonuses until 2016 due to cash constraints but the move was reversed by President Robert Mugabe saying the decision had not been approved by cabinet. Enditem


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