200 pc salary increment is for cleaners only

 Newly announced 200 percent salary increments by government will only benefit cleaners, security guards and other lowly paid workers, says Civil Servants and Allied Workers Union of Zambia (CSAWUZ) president Davis Chiyobe.

Mr Chiyobe told the Daily Nation that the salary increment will only benefit cleaners, gardeners, security guards and Classified Daily Employees (CDEs) or casual workers.

He said that the Union also bargained to bring to an end casualisation in the Public Service.

And Basic Teachers Union of Zambia (BETUZ) told the Daily Nation that the lowest paid teacher will be getting slightly above K3 million.

Mr. Chiyobe said that the PF government had no choice but to give the workers what they bargained for during the just ended bargaining process.

Clarifying the salary increments by government for public service workers Mr. Chiyobe said that not all government workers would get the new salary package this year as it would only affect those that were getting less than K2.9 million or Kr2,900.

He said that the current salary increments were made in such a way that those that were getting a take home of K1.1 million, a salary which was below the Jesuit Center for Theological Reflection (JCTR) monthly food basket of K3.5m package and the Central Statistics Office.

Clarifying the salary increments by government for public service workers Mr. Chiyobe said that not all government workers would get the new salary package this year as it would only affect those that were getting less

than K2.9 million or Kr2,900.

He said that the current salary increments were made in such a way that those that were getting a take home of K1.1 million, a salary which was below the Jesuit Center for Theological Reflection (JCTR) monthly food basket of K3.5m package and the Central Statistics Office (CSOs) K2.5 million would have their salaries standardized to meet the food basket level.

Mr. Chiyobe said that government did not have any option but to do what he called graded increase through job evaluation and getting rid of casualisation or Classified Daily Employees (CDE).

“We did not bargain for notches in salary increment through implementation of job evaluation regarding the exercise. The implication of job evaluation is salary movement and this has caused a stop on casualisation in the public service.

“So these people who are now  all former CDEs have been pushed into Division 3 where they will be entitled for settling in allowance of 25 per cent, travel benefits of K2 million and repatriation fee of K4.5 million. They will now qualify for a paid study leave unlike the situation was in the past. They will also take home  a salary of K2.9 million,” he said.

He said that the collective agreement the PF government had signed for the public service workers was binding and any breach of the contract would be unfortunate.

Mr. Chiyobe said that the workers were patiently waiting for the new salaries to be implemented by September 1, 2013 without fail.

He said that his union had been following the politics of the country for a long time and it would only be prudent for the PF government to fulfill its commitment to the people of Zambia.

“What we signed is a legal document and it is binding. It is different from the social political contracts politicians make with electorates. If one interested party is not satisfied in our case the judiciary will be able to interpret the law to the worrying parties,” he said.

Mr. Chiyobe said that come September, the PF government would have no choice but to implement the agreement, “We cannot continue burning our fingers or bend further than we have already done. Our members are already frustrated and they don’t want mare promises, government has no choice, they just have to implement the agreement.”

He said that the union and workers in general accepted to delay the implementation of the salary increment in order to give government time and chance to organize themselves.

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