Zimra employees to go on mandatory leave

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  • Zimra scales down on work attendance as part fight against spread of COVID-19
  • Zimra says workers with underlying health conditions to be considered for off duty facility first
  • Transport to and from work to be offered to employees on duty

THE Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) on Friday said plans were afoot to restructure the duty rosters of its employees around the country as the quasi goverment entity moves in to decongest its workplaces and minimise the risks of its workers contracting the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, Zim Morning Post can report.

In a letter addressed to departmental heads, Zimra Commissioner General Faith Mazani said the organisation’s executive management committie had agreed on a rotational working mode for critical staff who would attend to essential services at its workplaces around Zimbabwe.

“In order to decongest the work environment and reduce the chances of one-to-one infections, the executive committee has approved that Zimra implement a rotational working model, where the organisation only keeps staff members who are critical to sustain its operations,” the letter read.

Accordingly, Zimra staff who would be off duty would be deemed to be on leave, the organisation said.

“Staff members who will be off duty shall be required to take time off work through utilisation of their vacation leave days,” read another part of the letter.

According to information this publication is privy to, Zimra would prioritise offering leave first to members of staff with known underlying health conditions which would easily expose them to COVID-19.

“Relief (will be given) to staff members with certified pre-existing medical conditions that make them prone to the increased impact of the COVID-19 virus.

“Staff members with pre-existing medical conditions are encouraged to approach their divisional heads/managers for special consideration so that they are excluded from the duty-roster completely.

“This special group of staff members shall be allowed to take their leave days and will be excluded from the (normal) duty roster,” the letter further read.

For precautionary measures, Zimra said it would offer transport to its employees on duty to and from work in order to avoid risks of infection during the 21-day COVID-19 lockdown period.

“The Zimra executive committee is cognisant of the COVID-19 risks attached to the use of public transport. Accordingly, the finance and administration division has been tasked to make arrangements to provide transport to staff members (who will be on duty),” the letter also read.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently decreed that there would be a 21-day countrywide lockdown as part of efforts to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19.

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