The Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) president, Leonard Hikaumba, has expressed displeasure at the work culture of some civil servants in Chinsali district of Muchinga Province.
Mr Hikaumba described the work culture of some civil servants in the area as simply pathetic.
Mr Hikaumba observed that the bad work culture of some civil servants is affecting the smooth delivery of services to the public.
Speaking in Chinsali yesterday during the burial of Civil Servants and Allied Workers Union of Zambia (CSAWUZ) senior national trustee, Smart Kajo, Mr Hikaumba said it is important for the civil servants to change their work culture and ensure that they provide and deliver quality services to the public.
He said it would be easier for the civil servants to be supported by the public in their demands for decent wages and conditions of service if the public is satisfied with the services being provided for them by the civil servants.
The ZCTU president said civil servants should be ready to work with minimum supervision because they know why they have been employed and whom they serve.
Speaking earlier, CSAWUZ president, Davy Chiyobe, said he was disappointed to discover that the body of the late Kajo had gone bad in the mortuary because of continued power outages being experienced in the area.
Mr Chiyobe said the union leadership is disappointed with management at Chinsali district hospital for allowing bodies in the mortuary to rot when they have a powerful generator on stand-by which has not been connected.
Mr Chiyobe said the labour movement will not rest until all the workers with bad work culture at the district hospital are dealt with.
He wondered what guarantee health workers can give to the public in the provision of quality services if they can allow a body of one of their members of staff to rot when they have all the means to preserve it.
Mr Chiyobe warned that the labour movement will not rest until all the officers who will be found wanting are dealt with so as to bring sanity in the civil service.
But District Commissioner, Evelyn Kangwa said they were only few individuals tarnishing the image of the Government and promised to sort them out.
Ms Kangwa said she was equally disappointed that the generator that was acquired over five months ago has not yet been connected.
She warned that all the civil servants failing to perform should quit their positions before they are fired, adding that the PF Government, which was voted into power by the majority of the power Zambians, is in a hurry to develop and will, therefore, not entertain anybody frustrating its efforts.
Ms Kangwa has also promised to investigate reports that a patient from Lubwa was turned back for failing to report at Lubwa Mission Hospital so that he can be referred to Chinsali District Hospital.
The man, who was turned back without being treated on Tuesday morning was, however, brought back the following day as Brought In Dead (BID) and taken to the mortuary.
The late Smart Kajo, 53, who died on Sunday, October 7, following a short illness, has been described as a courageous man who epitomised workers’ aspirations, expressed workers resolve, and represented the workers without fear.