MDC-T says government must pay 2016 bonuses


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The Movement for Democratic Change has called on the government to pay civil servants their bonuses for 2016 immediately in a move that sounds more political than rational as it completely ignores previous arguments from the party that the civil service is too big and has too many ghost workers.

Instead the MDC-T said today as a party founded by the labour movement, the issue of whether or not civil servants should be paid their annual bonuses for the year 2016 is certainly beyond debate.

“All civil servants deserve to be paid their 2016 annual bonuses as a matter of urgency,” party spokesman Obert Gutu said.

“The MDC calls upon the crumbling and faction – ridden ZANU-PF regime to immediately pay out civil servants their 2016 annual bonuses.

“Cabinet ministers and other top regime bureaucrats are always globe – trotting at State expense, flying business class to attend endless and purposeless meetings and conferences whilst the majority of civil servants are wallowing in penury and poverty.

“Certainly, this is not right. Our civil servants are being treated like second class citizens in their own country of birth. Not only is this demeaning and degrading; it is also dehumanizing.

“If the ZANU-PF regime would put its priorities right, it should be very easy and affordable for the national treasury not only to timeously pay civil servants their salaries but to also timeously pay civil servants their much–deserved 2016 annual bonuses.

“Why should civil servants be promised to be given unserviced residential stands in lieu of their 2016 annual bonuses when Robert Mugabe takes no less than US$4 million in cash each time that he travels out of the country on his numerous and unnecessary foreign jamborees?”

Full statement:

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Government must pay 2016 bonuses  

Having been birthed by the labour movement, amongst other key founding partners, the MDC is a social democratic political party that is passionately concerned about the welfare of the working class ; civil servants included. Thus, the issue of whether or not civil servants should be paid their annual bonuses for the year 2016 is certainly beyond debate. All civil servants deserve to be paid their 2016 annual bonuses as a matter of urgency.

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