<vote /> Following a statement by Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Dr Christopher Mushohwe, assuring the Government workers that they would receive their bonuses, civil servants yesterday demanded formal communication from the Government assuring them that they will receive their traditional annual bonuses and that their salaries will not be slashed.
Apex Council chairperson Cecilia Alexander said,
The Apex Council rejects the statement by Minister Chinamasa as it was without due consultation with the workers. Council accepts the retraction by Minister Mushohwe. It’s our view that such a retraction should be communicated officially to the National Joint Negotiating Council. The Apex Council holds every minister collectively responsible for the insensitive, impoverishing and unilateral proposals presented by Minister Chinamasa.
The measures proposed by Chinamasa were expected to reduce employment costs to around 60 percent of total revenues by 2019 from the current 97 percent and ultimately redirect revenue towards capital expenditure, which was expected to stimulate production.
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