Council health workers snub Government’s salaries

HEALTH workers employed by Harare and Chitungwiza municipalities do not want to be paid by Government, it has emerged.
Government in September said it was in the process of taking over the salary bill from these local authorities.
The implementation of this decision to transfer health workers from the Chitungwiza and Harare municipalities’ payrolls to the Salary Service Bureau began in September with 60 out of the 65 nurses in Chitungwiza having been transferred.
Addressing a post-Cabinet media briefing, Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa said measures were being put in place for the City of Harare to expedite the implementation of the Cabinet decision by transferring 368 health professionals.
“This is in line with the government’s decision to centralise the payment of essential services in order to ensure timely payment,” Mutsvangwa said.
“To smoothen implementation of the transfer of the health workers, Cabinet resolved that going forward, the implementation of the Cabinet directive be made in a manner that allows the complete absorption of health professionals from all urban local authorities, starting with Chitungwiza, followed by Harare and then moving on to the remaining local authorities.”
But the Zimbabwe Urban Rural Council Nurses Workers Union’s president Mr Simbarashe Tafirenyika said members from his are disinterested in getting onto the government payroll.
“We humbly submit that the Health workers remain within the Local authorities and not be transferred to Government establishment considering that Local Authorities exist independently from Government,” he said in a statement.
He also revealed that Local Authorities paid its workers a wage higher than Government.
“The Local Authorities use a grading system to pay the Health care workers with the least grade being paid ZW$32 152,54 which is higher than the one in Government. More so there are other benefits in terms of pension fund, medical aid, funeral policies which are not available in the Government sector,” Mr Tafirenyika added.
Mr Tafirenyika said consultations with health care workers under the employ of the municipalites were necessary before coming up with the decision.

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