United Bulawayo Hospital nurses staged protests in Bulawayo on Wednesday demanding USD salaries to be paid in their hands not in nostro accounts.

Singing and dancing the nurses demanded better earnings as they said they could no longer afford decent livelihoods.

Nurses said they are earning peanuts they cannot afford buying their own under garments.

Meanwhile the Minister of Finance Mthuli Ncube said civil servants’ salaries and pensioners’ allowances will be adjusted upwards by 50% with immediate effect.

“In addition, all civil servants will be paid a flat, non-taxable COVID-19 allowance of USD75.00 per month. Government pensioners will be paid a flat non taxable COVID-19 allowance of US$30.00 per month”.