Government has announced the civil servants pay dates for this month with the last payment being slated for mid-August.
According to the proposed official pay dates released today members of the Zimbabwe National Army and Air Force of Zimbabwe will get their salaries on 25 July, followed by the Health Sector which will get paid on July 27.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional services will be paid on 29 July.
Those in the Education sector will be paid on the second day of August, while the rest of the civil servants will be paid on 6 August.
Pensioners will be paid on 12 August while Grant Aided Institutions will receive their payment on 16 August.
In a statement Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira said the proposed dates came after her meeting with the Apex council.
“Following my meeting with you (Apex council) on Tuesday where Government promised to provide feedback regarding the July 2016 Pay dates before Friday (22 July 2016), I am happy to announce that the proposed official dates are now available.
She highlighted cash flow challenges that government is facing as the chief reason for the staggered July pay dates.
“Let me emphasise that government is currently facing cash flow challenges but it is committed to meeting its obligation of paying Civil servants on time,” she said
She however promised that going forward government will try to avail civil servants salaries on time.
“I think you can agree with me that this time there is a significant improvement in pay dates from the previous month. It is our hope as government, that as revenue collection improves, we will revert to our traditional pay dates where civil servants would receive their salaries within the month worked.
“The call by the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe on the use of plastic money and acceptance of other currencies in circulation should be emphasised and your buy-in is requested,” said Minister Mupfumira.
Minister Mupfumira advised civil servants to ignore stay away calls saying such actions will not be tolerated.
“I would like to advise you that Government would not take any punitive measures to those who participated in the 5 and 6 July stay away. Government will not apply the, ‘no work- no pay principle’ but I would like to warn you that in future such actions will not be tolerated and Government will not hesitate to apply the laws,” she said adding that Cabinet has already approved this position.