GOVERNMENT has assured retirees and Next of Kins of deceased retirees that it will soon pay them their terminal benefits.
Minister of Labour and Social Security Joyce Nonde-Simukoko said Government recognised its obligation to retirees and was aware of the anguish that the retirees and families of deceased retirees were going through.
Ms. Simukoko told the Daily Nation in an interview that clearing the backlog of retirees arrears was one of President Edgar Lungu’s administration’s top priorities. Thousands of retirees from different ministries and councils some years ago have still not being paid off their terminal benefits.
Ms. Simukoko said Government urgently wants to work towards clearing the money it owed to the retirees. “We can’t afford to have thousands of people who faithfully served our nation to be struggling to get their benefits after contributing to this great nation.
It is totally unacceptable. “One of the issues on our priority list as Ministry of Labour is to ensure that all those retirees that have not been paid their terminal benefits are paid as soon as possible.
So we are urgently going to follow it up and find out why the retirees have not been paid their benefits up to now,” Ms. Simukoko said.
Meanwhile, Ms. Simukko has also assured workers in Zambia of better days to come, saying that Government would ensure that casualisation of workers was completely eliminated especially in the private sector.
She said her Ministry would from time to time monitor people employed in certain institutions.
“If we find that a job that can be occupied by a Zambian is being given to a foreigner that we are not going to tolerate.
Importing labour should be on specialised basis, if it’s just a job that any Zambian can do, then why give it to a foreigner?” she wondered.