The Zambia Congress of Trade Union, ZCTU, and the Civil Servants and Allied Workers Union of Zambia, CSWUZ, say the formation of a Wages and Salaries Commission for public service workers is a drain on tax payers’ money.
The workers’ unions said the Commission will make insignificant impact in addressing the problem of low wages and salaries for public service workers.
Speaking in separate interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today ZCTU General Secretary, Roy Mwaba, said the formation of Commission will only duplicate the work of the labour movement and is a waste of tax payers money.
Mr. Mwaba said though the formation of the Commission is welcome, it will not achieve positive results as regards efforts of bettering the wages and salaries for public service workers.
He said commissions in the country have previously failed to meet the people’s expectations adding that this one is not going to be an exceptional.
“We have the teaching service commission, public service commission and many such commissions but what have they done? All the President would have done is to strengthen these already existing commissions” said Mr. Mwaba.
He expressed hope that the commission will not interfere in the unions collective barging with government but strengthen it.
And CSWUZ Vice President, Beatrice Nyirongo, said the commission will be a huge cost to government as people on the commission will need to be paid allowances.
Mrs. Nyirongo has, however, welcomed its formation adding that it should look at the cry of the civil servants in the country.
She said the commission should ensure that interests of workers are put first and everything that the workers are demanding is addressed.
Meanwhile, Zambia National Teachers Union (ZNUT) Secretary General, Newman Lubala, said the formation of the commission should be expedited to help deal with many problems faced by public service workers.
Yesterday President Rupiah Banda announced that he will constitute a salaries and wages commission to look into the structures of wages and salaries for public service workers. He also appointed Copperbelt University Lecturer, Professor Muyunnda Mwanalushi as its chairman.