The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has cast doubt on the Patriotic Front (PF) government’s commitment to honoring the improved salaries and conditions of service for civil servants as per 2013 collective agreement.
This follows the announcement by Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda on Sunday that the 2013 civil servants collective agreement which was scheduled to come into effect on the 1st September will instead be effected on 1st October this year.
UPND Deputy Secretary General Kuchunga Simusamba has said that the PF government is taking civil servants for granted as it has continued to postpone the effective date of the collective agreement which was initially supposed to be implemented in April this year before it was deferred to the 1st September.
UPND Deputy Secretary General Kuchunga Simusamba has challenged the ruling PF to be frank with the civil servants and admit that government is broke and cannot afford to honor the approved 2013 collective agreement.
Mr. Simusamba in an interview with QFM said it is not right for the PF government to continue creating expectations in the minds of civil servants which they cannot fulfill.