The Judiciary and Allied Workers Union has charged that the PF government has failed to improve the working conditions for the vast majority of judiciary workers in the last five years it has been in power.
JAWUZ President Peter Mwale said in an interview that judiciary workers are some of the least paid government workers in Zambia.
Mr Mwale said even the much announced salary increment last year was a mere drop in the ocean as some judiciary workers got between K300 and K400 as salary increments.
He described the meagre increments which came after two years of a wage freeze as a mockery.90% of judiciary workers are unionised and are living in abject poverty
Mr Mwale accused President Edgar Lungu of concentrating all his efforts in making the lives of the Judges more comfortable and neglecting the bulk of the workers in the judiciary.
“Judiciary workers are suffering. The truth is that our members are not well paid. If you see the housing allowances they are subjected to, you would cry but these are men and women in the frontline of delivering justice. How do you expect them to carry out their duties?”
He added, “These High Court and Supreme Court Judges that President Lungu is focusing his attention on are already doing very well. They have hefty salaries and numerous allowances but this President is neglecting the majority of the workers in the judiciary. We have more than 90 percent of the workers in the judiciary who are not judges but they are now neglected.”
Mr Mwale warned that the workers will now show their dissatisfaction with the PF government in the ballot box on August 11th.
“We have pleaded enough and now our time to show them that we are not happy is coming and mind you, we are have tried to reason with government to no avail.”