Family planning

No Pay Raise for Family Planning Council Employees for 18 Years

By Anna Chibamu

ZIMBABWE National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) workers have gone for nearly two decades without any pay raises, parliament heard on Tuesday.

This came out during the hearing of evidence before the Health Portfolio Committee.

The Zimbabwe Education, Science and Culture Workers Union (ZESCWU), on behalf of the workers’ committee, wrote to parliament expressing concern over the failure of management to conduct negotiations collective since 2004.

However, the ZNFPC denied these allegations, saying that the management had not refused to negotiate with the unions.

He said he was waiting for clear instructions from the line ministry.

A report by the ZNFPC management stated that the employees were 100% funded by the Treasury using the approved health sector salary scales since the ZNFPC did not have the financial capacity to pay the salaries from its own. coffers.

“Management has not refused to enter into collective bargaining with the union as claimed, but has expressed some reservations. It was necessary that the supervising ministry give clear directives on the question.

“As a result, we assessed the department on the issue of collective bargaining with the union.

“Recently, the Secretary of Health and Child Care advised that for the purposes of collective bargaining, the ZNFPC falls under the National Employment Council (NEC) for the Medical and Allied Industries, which is a body statutory under the Labor Act (28:01).

“However, there was a further development in which the Secretary of the Treasury advised that all grant-funded institutions that derive resources from the Treasury (CRF) should be integrated on the payroll platform of the Salary Services Bureau (SSB) “, read the part of the report.

“In accordance with the Treasury Circular, the Secretary of Health and Childcare has advised that from June 2022 ZNFPC salaries will now be prepared and managed by the SSB.

“In this regard, it would be pointless to engage in negotiations outside the existing frameworks in the health service, as wages cannot be negotiated outside of government approval.”

The management said it had made proposals to the government to solve the problem.