Zimbabwean government announces measures to cushion civil servants from inflation

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Zimbabwe’s Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube on Monday announced monetary and non-monetary benefits for civil servants as part of a raft of measures aimed at cushioning them from rising inflation and high costs of living.

“Salaries have been increased by at least 100 percent with effect from July 1, 2022. Certain allowances have been similarly increased with immediate effect,” Ncube told a press briefing in Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe.

In addition to salary increments, Ncube said serving members of the civil service will receive additional non-monetary benefits which include housing loan guarantees and access to duty-free importation for personal vehicles.

With regards to the health sector, Ncube said the government will increase on-call allowances, night duty allowances as well as COVID-19 infectious diseases allowances.

Healthcare workers at government institutions on Saturday called off a one-week strike following an urgent meeting between government and union leaders.

Workers had downed tools after rejecting an offer to double their Zimbabwe dollar wages on top of a 175-U.S.-dollar allowance, saying the increase was not enough given the economic conditions characterized by inflation that skyrocketed to 191.6 percent in June.

For teachers, Ncube announced the restoration of performance awards, the payment of school fees for up to three biological children and the provision of housing and transportation facilities.

Ncube also announced additional benefits for members of the security sector, legislators and the judiciary.

He also said the government will continue to review the workers’ salaries in line with the prevailing economic conditions.

Zimbabwe has seen a wave of price increases for basic commodities and fuel in recent months.

In a bid to curb the soaring prices, the government last month lowered tariffs on the importation of most basic commodities.

The government has blamed rising fuel prices on the Russia-Ukraine conflict which is disrupting global supply chains. Enditem

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