The Civil Servants Union of Zambia (CSUZ) Mansa Branch has expressed sadness over the four percent salary increment offered toÂ civil servants by government.
CSUZ Mansa Vice District Chairman Stephen SinkambaÂ told ZANIS in a press statement
in Mansa today that the increment did not equate to the sacrifice the public workers
underwent to fulfill the Highly Indebted Poor Countries(HIPC) initiative completion
Mr. Sinkamba said it was sad that theÂ Ministry of Agriculture Permanent Secretary
Richard Chizyuka could witness the agreement as he had worked in the civil service
for a long time to know thatÂ the offered incentive was not enough to motivate the
public service workers.
He said civil servants were instrumental to the development of the country hence the
needed for them to enjoy the benefits ofÂ their hard work.
Mr. Sinkamba said the union had hopedÂ to have an increased financial package for
the public workers equivalent to two or more 25 kilograms(KG) bags of mealie-meal.
He further expressed displeasure that Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU)
President Leonard HikaumbaÂ witnessed the eventÂ andÂ could not give full details
over the offer.
And Mr. Sinkamba has called on all stakeholders negotiating not to ignore housing
allowanceÂ due to high rental costs currently obtaining in the country.