Finance and Economic Development Minister, Professor Mthuli Ncube has dismissed as unfounded claims by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) that the 2020 budget lacks policies that cushion the workers.

The Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) President, Mr Peter Mutasa who was one of the panelists at the 2020 post-budget breakfast meeting held in Harare this Friday, said the national budget proposal lacks clarity on the need to address concerns of the poor.

“There is no merit as to what can be done to stimulate growth because the budget lacked a lot of merit to the workers,” said Mr Mutasa.

Responding to concerns by the labour body, professor Mthuli Ncube said the budget was pro-poor as it has all what it takes to take the economy forward.

“I don’t agree because we did all we could to ensure that the entire budget benefits the poor,” he said.

Treasury, through the 2020 budget proposal, has put in place incentives to cushion workers from the challenging economic climate.

Some of the policies cited which benefit workers include the awarding of bonuses to civil servants, an increase in the tax free threshold from $700 to $2 000, continued subsidies to the mass transport system, subsidies towards basic commodities and a fund to provide sanitary ware to vulnerable girls in schools from the fourth grade up to upper sixth form.