Civil Servants' COVID-19 Allowance Extended
The government has said it will extend civil servants and pensioners’ foreign currency non-taxable COVID-19 allowance to December.
Government representatives made the pledge during the National Joint Negotiating Council (NJNC) meeting on held on Wednesday.
The NJNC brings Government and civil servants representatives (the Apex Council), under one roof to tackle issues affecting public workers.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Apex Council chairperson Cecilia Alexander confirmed the development, saying negotiations on civil servants’ salaries are ongoing. She said:
We had a meeting today with Government representatives who made an undertaking to extend the COVID-19 forex allowance to December. We also discussed the issue of salary increase and the negotiations are ongoing.
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The non-taxable COVID-19 allowance of US$75 a month for civil servants and US$30 for pensioners was introduced in June and it coincided with a huge demonstration by nurses at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals who were protesting against the alleged extravagance and corruption by health authorities.
It was initially a three-month offer and was supposed to end in August.