DESPITE treasury promises that government would, this week, pay civil servants a "13th cheque", unions claimed Wednesday that the administration had only paid the bonus to the security services, raising the ire of teachers.

The teachers condemned the "scandalous" decision adding that "if the government does not pay bonuses then the annual shut down must continue and no schools will open in 2015".

According to a statement released by the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) late Wednesday evening, civil servants’ December pay notices did not reflect a bonus would be paid.

Read the PTUZ statement: "Information coming from our SSB (Salary Service Bureau government paymaster) sources is suggesting that pay-slips for December do not reflect that there will be bonuses this year.

"To us this is scandalous. It is a fraud. A month ago Minister Patrick Chinamasa (Finance Minister), speaking in Victoria Falls, assured the nation that bonuses would be paid."

Further infuriating PTUZ was treasury’s decision to pay bonuses to the security services, the "governing elite’s blue-eyed boys".

"To make matters worse, government paid bonuses to the uniformed forces last month. The same uniformed forces are getting paid ahead of us tomorrow. Is this justice?

"We have no gripe with these uniformed forces but it should be noted that we all work for the same government. Do they think we will take this lying down? Obviously not!" the union charged.

Chinamasa is reported to have promised to pay the "13th cheque" despite the fact that government had collected much less revenue than had been projected.

PTUZ demanded respect for its members by the government, threatening a continued shut-down of the country’s education system in the coming school-term.

"Surely we have a legitimate expectation to be paid our bonuses by the employer. We must be treated with respect," the organisation said.

"Without being alarmist, if the government does not pay bonuses then the annual shut down must continue and no schools will open in 2015.

"We are talking of a government that for the whole of 2014 promised us non-monetary incentives, they promised salary reviews and better conditions of service yet everything remained a pie in the sky."

The group added: "If the attitude by the deputy Minister of Health Paul Chimedza is anything to go by government is spoiling for a fight with its workers.

"To Chimedza we say ‘hands off the doctors’ salaries, usatambe nemoto iwe (do not play with fire).

"Chimedza, deal with your political shenanigans and fight for your own political skin rather than fight the people’s cause. Your actions simply show you are anti-people; true government leaders don’t behave like that.

"If this is a joke, it is joke in very bad taste. It would be a scandal for government to turn around and say they have no money when they have paid a certain fraction of their workforce."

Chimedza reportedly issued a garnishee order on doctors who did not report for work during a near month-long industrial action by junior medical personnel, a decision roundly condemned by the medics.




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shungu
-2 # shungu 2014-12-18 10:10
Hakuna mari ma face angu. Your a selfish lot. Uniformed forces has gave a much deeper responsibility than you. Look at the schools failure rate. You not only don't deserve a bonus, you don't deserve a salary. So do the right thing...... Improve the schools pass rate (without leaking the exam papers of course) then ask for a mbasera. Otherwise shut up!
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tata
0 # tata 2014-12-18 12:33
if i may ask, wat service dd th solders render in this past year? as for teachers, boost their morale & improve the system & c if they dnt wrk harder, all cevil servants deserve to b recognised, in all sectors bcoz its th same government & mind yu, they also have families to feed.... just my thots...
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Guest
-2 # Guest 2014-12-18 10:20
Teachers also get salaries on Holidays when they are not doing anything. Actually teachers are getting extra 3 salaries every year which they are not working for, so SHUT UP!!!!!!!
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taku
0 # taku 2014-12-18 12:34
& wat are th solders & police guys being paid for if i may ask?
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TTK
+2 # TTK 2014-12-18 10:57
Shungu na Guest, if you are in the security service just enjoy your sweatless money makanyarara. You got to understand the plight of others!!
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ngwenadambudzo
+1 # ngwenadambudzo 2014-12-18 12:43
Quoting TTK:
Shungu na Guest, if you are in the security service just enjoy your sweatless money makanyarara. You got to understand the plight of others!!

kkkk wandipedza
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JoeAfrica
0 # JoeAfrica 2014-12-18 12:43
Bonus is not a right its a priviledge.
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Selele
+1 # Selele 2014-12-18 12:45
Iyi yakora muto. We all know why they are quick to silence mauto. Mauto acho should now ask themselves why it is like that? I'm sure they all have civilian families.
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muzimbo
+2 # muzimbo 2014-12-18 13:02
Nyika haina mari. with the sanctions in place and twin cabs for chiefs, please bear with the government.
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selele
+1 # selele 2014-12-18 13:12
Quoting muzimbo:
Nyika haina mari. with the sanctions in place and twin cabs for chiefs, please bear with the government.

Also Chef naadzimai vavo vanofanira kunyatsizorora kuFar-East ukoo after the owesome Congrace.
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timmy
0 # timmy 2014-12-18 15:09
teachers are too many. they are draining our fiscas. chinamasa, may you please consider retrenchment urgently!
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mindful-observer
0 # mindful-observer 2014-12-18 15:30
Ini I'm enjoying my R11 000 extra this year handidzoke kuzimbabwe as long as there is chaos muparliament maybe 2020 asi handiuye ikoko :lol: :lol: :P
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mututaduzvi
0 # mututaduzvi 2014-12-19 08:17
please ipai mateachers mari dzawo thats why akuleaker mapapers u see
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ndochema
+1 # ndochema 2014-12-19 09:27
ko zvakatanga rini zvekusarura vashandi vehurumende kuti ava hativape ava tinovapa bonus ipai mateacher bonus yawo hanti imi kusvisvina chirungu ichocho nditeacher kumwisa bhora msango rebudget kutwister zvamakadzidzisw a nateacher hindaba kandi imi
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travo
0 # travo 2014-12-19 14:04
wandikutura wanguh........t ell them the truth...!!!
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