COUNCIL workers have called for the immediate start of negotiations for new conditions of service and salary negotiations as directed by President Edgar Lungu during the 2015 Labour Day commemorations.
Zambia United Local Authority Workers Union (ZULAWU) president, Misheck Nyambose said his union would this week meet Ministry of Local Government permanent secretary Patrick Mutabwire to push for commencement of negotiations.
“Our friends have commenced and there is a lot of anxiety among our members,” Mr Nyambose said.
He said despite submitting papers for commencement of negotiations ZULAWU had not yet received feedback from Government through the Ministry of Local Government.
“So we do not want to see the situation being mismanaged. We want to alert Government that it is time we commence our negations as directed by President Edgar Lungu during the Labour Day celebration,” he said.
Mr Nyambose said there was need to negotiate quickly for council workers’ demands to be included in the 2016 national budget.
He said if negotiations were not concluded for the 2016 National Budget it would affect the decentralization process, adding that it would also be an impeachment and frustration to the decentralization policy.
Meanwhile, Mr Nyambose has called on the Local Government Service Commission chairperson Christa Kalulu to widely consult all stakeholders on the decentralization process.
Mr Nyambose said council workers were not consulted when the commission started implementing the decentralization policy.
“If the decentralization policy is going to succeed we need to fully understand it and Government should consult us so that everyone can start going round preparing members of what is expected,” Mr Nyambose said.
Mr Nyambose said ZULAWU supported decentralization but that it wanted consultation to come first for easy implementation.
And Mr Nyambose had recommended for the immediate placement of council workers onto a central pay system.
He said it was unfortunate that within councils some workers were getting paid while others were not.
Mr Nyambose appealed to Government to facilitate a meeting on decentralization policy.
“We were informed by the chairperson of the Local Government Service Commission that a workshop would be conducted with Cabinet office. So we are still looking forward to that meeting,” Mr Nyambose.