GOVERNMENT has awarded civil servants salary increment.
This follows a collective agreement which was signed yesterday between Government and the civil servants unions.
Civil Servants and Allied Workers Union of Zambia (CSAWUZ) president David Chiyobe said the least paid employee had been awarded 9 percent while the highest had been awarded 29 percent. The newly revised salary increment will see general workers pocketing K3, 450 from the previous K2, 310 per month.
And Public Service Management Division permanent secretary Velepi Mtonga, who confirmed the increment of civil servants salaries, said the decision was not easy because of Government’s resource envelope.
Dr Mtonga said although Government had finally agreed with the unions, there were also some issues which the two parties could not agree on during the collective bargaining process. “The decision was very difficult but we managed to agree at last because of the good and quality leadership which the unions have,” she said.
Dr Mtonga said the collective bargaining process started in August and was concluded October 6, 2015.
Meanwhile, Mr Chiyobe who is also team leader for Civil Servants and Allied Workers Union of Zambia and National Union of Public Service Workers, said the agreement was arrived at in the interest of its members.
He said the collective agreement had also corrected the distortions which were experienced in the 2013 negotiations.
Mr Chiyobe said all the salary distortions which were encountered in the last salary increment had been corrected, adding that in 2016 salary increments were in line with one’s qualifications or salary grade.
He said the newly signed collective agreement also took into consideration the workers’ funeral schemes to which Government would contribute 60 percent and the employee 40 percent towards funeral bills depending on his/her salary.
And the Zambia Union of Nurses Organisation (ZUNO) president Thom Dauti Yungana, who represented three health unions, said the newly signed collective agreement would see the cleaners getting K 3, 650 from K2, 000 per month.He said the health unions which included ZUNO, Health Workers Union of Zambia (HWUZ) and Zambia National Union for Nurses and Allied Workers, were happy because the negotiations were done within the legal framework.
Mr Yungana said negotiations for the health workers were concentrated on two perspectives which included distortions and salary increments.
He said the three unions were happy because during the negotiations salary distortions experienced in the previous year have been corrected.