MOZAMBICAN GOVT CUTS NEW YEAR BONUS FOR ITS STAFF BY HALF

The Mozambican government has cut this year’s New Year bonus for State employees by 50 per cent, Economy and Finance Minister Adriano Maleiane announced here.

The bonus is known as the 13th month salary because it is equivalent to an extra month’s wages and has become a tradition, but the government has no legal obligation to pay it.

Maleiane told a media conference that it had always been understood that the government would pay the bonus if it had enough money to do so. Throughout 2016, the government had ensured that all workers in the public administration were paid every month but now, at the end of the year, there is only enough money available to pay 50 per cent of the bonus, he added.

Furthermore, anybody holding a government position — from the President of the Republic down to the heads of administrative posts — will not receive any bonus at all. Also excluded from the bonus are people holding senior positions in the State apparatus, and office holders in State-run institutes, funds and other such bodies.

Managers of any public company which is subsidized by the State budget will also not receive any 13th month salary. Anyone in a leadership position will not receive the 13th month (salary),” said Maleiane.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK