Civil Servants wait for Inutu Suba to come out of her office at the provincial administration offices in Kabwe
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CIVIL Servant and Allied Workers Union of Zambia (CSAWUZ) president David Kayobe says the inconsistencies by the Treasury on the pay day for civil servants has caused a lot of sufferings to government workers who are sometimes subjected to eviction from houses by their landlords for not paying rentals on time.

He said inconsistencies in the payment of salaries makes budgeting difficult for civil servants who are sometimes forced to get credits at exorbitant interest rates to pay for their rentals. He said Government should dialogue with civil servants when salaries were delayed so that the workers could adjust their budgeting.

And Mr Kayobe has disclosed that his Union was ready to start salary negotiations for 2017/2018 bargaining year.

Mr Kayobe said the increase in fuel prices would negatively affect the lives of civil servants in that prices of commodities were likely to go up beyond the reach for most civil servants.

Mr Kayobe disclosed that the circular by Government that stopped the payment of lunch allowances to civil servants when they were working within the district would be one of the contentious issues the Union would be tabling during the negotiating. He said the increase in fuel pump prices has come at the right time just before the start of negotiations, adding that this would give the union some negotiation powers as they would be able cite it as one of the basis for salary increment.

He said as far as the union was concerned, the 2015/2016 Collective Agreement with Government ended on 30th September and that the Union was set to start bargaining for new salaries for its members.

He said Finance Minister Felix Mutati has been telling the nation to start preparing for hard times ahead of the impending IMF bailout but that as a Union, they would not accept conditions of service that would make life difficult for civil servants, adding that the workers have sacrificed a lot in the past.

Mr Kayobe further said CSAWUZ was not aware of any Government intention to impose a wage freeze on civil servants, saying his Union would wait for official communication from Government before making their stance

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49 COMMENTS

  1. And this is the point at which you dance…Dununa reverse.You voted for them enjoy the journey or go to Fatherless Bwalya who ignorantly speaking on behalf of Government[and not PF the Party],claimed this week that government is not broke.

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    • NO GOVERNMENT WOULD HAVE PERFORMED MIRACLES OVER NIGHT. THE GOVERNMENT OF THE DAY IS DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO BETTER THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE . ABOVE ALL, OUR HOPE IS IN THE NAME OF THE LORD, MAKER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH. PEACE IN JESUS NAME !

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    • @1.2 You don’t need miracles, you need wise leadership.
      You keep voting for clueless, corrupt individuals and when things don’t work you run to God and expect miracles.

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    • Enjoy the consequences of letting the illegal, violent and visionless PF of blind Edgar with his bandits like Max “noise maker” Chungu.
      UPND and HH legitimately as winners, would have and can still deal with the IMF diplomatically by considering the interest of the state.
      The last decade, the country has economically reversed into a crisis, now worse, dununa backwardness unfortunately. The civil society is now suffering hunger and poverty, imagine those who are already in endless chain of blind mediocrity with incompetent PF!
      UPND and HH is the only solution for now, not this illegally dununa reverse bandits of illogical PF. No more ‘free’ education at university, PF has scraped the funding to universities after increasing fuel by 40%#K13.
      Edgar to give the speaker power, UPND…

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    • Enjoy the consequences of letting the illegal, violent and visionless PF of blind Edgar with his bandits like Max “noise maker” Chungu.
      UPND and HH legitimately as winners, would have and can still deal with the IMF diplomatically by considering the interest of the state.
      The last decade, the country has economically reversed into a crisis, now worse, dununa backwardness unfortunately. The civil society is now suffering hunger and poverty, imagine those who are already in endless chain of blind mediocrity with incompetent PF!
      UPND and HH is the only solution for now, not this illegally dununa reverse bandits of illogical PF. No more ‘free’ education at university, PF has scraped the funding to universities after increasing fuel by 40%#K13.
      Edgar to give the speaker power, UPND…

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    • They say prayer answers everything? I beg to differ, God has given most us able bodies to work and be productive, but we chose to follow a clueless Lungu for prayers and expect miracles,- let’s see miracles pay your salaries kabili.

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    • Mr Trade Unionist, do not start and conclude negotiations for 2017/18 now. This is the start of hard times. If you conclude early, you will be stranded with a paltry increase even as inflation hits 100% next year. Just wait, pole pole. The worst is around the corner. The Zambian economy is about to go into free fall.

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  2. The GRZ and the Civil Service. When Mutati and his team finally meet with the IMF they should NOT accept job freeze across the Board. Specialist jobs like IT, Climate Gurus, Energy and Agriculture will continue recruiting. This is a new vision. Second why borrow for budget support? Support for what? We can slash the envisaged budget by half…remove DCs, rank of DPS, Provincial Ministers so that PS is highest ranking officer, slash to half MP salaries and allowances and freeze increments for the next five years. the savings should be ploughed into Agriculture projects that will feed the region..no more building malls and prayer houses from public funds

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    • Enjoy the consequences of letting the illegal, violent and visionless PF of blind Edgar with his bandits like Max “noise maker” Chungu.
      UPND and HH legitimately as winners, would have and can still deal with the IMF diplomatically by considering the interest of the state.
      The last decade, the country has economically reversed into a crisis, now worse, dununa backwardness unfortunately. The civil society is now suffering hunger and poverty, imagine those who are already in endless chain of blind mediocrity with incompetent PF!
      UPND and HH is the only solution for now, not this illegally dununa reverse bandits of illogical PF. No more ‘free’ education at university, PF has scraped the funding to universities after increasing fuel by 40%#K13.
      Edgar to give the speaker power!

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    • Lungu and PF will never do anything for farmers because he is sneering and deriding farmers, bakachema, every day. Agriculture will languish under Lungu because he has no clue where food comes from, apart from supermarkets, for him.

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  3. Are these the same civil servants that were campaigning for the Hungry Hyena, are these the same civil servants that are never found in their offices or places of work, and always report to work around 11 hours, take 2 hours lunch knock of at 15 hrs, never report for work on Friday???? Are these the same civil servants that have been insulting the PF govt and expecting to get paid? At the end of the day better to just fire these parasites and employ youth straight from colleges and universities.

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    • Typical PF cadre mentality – No progressive ideas for development. Always thinking in negatives – REVERSE – . Always thinking of what badness they can inflict on someone or on a section of our society. No positive attitude – INCLUSIVENESS – OPTIMIZATION of use of all available national (human) resources. No forward planning….

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  4. @The Righteousness in God bla… bla…bla… You are one of the many fake prophets who are using the Mighty name of our living Jesus Christ in vein. You shall burn in Hell for campaigning for the illusive PF and Edgar Lungu. Your PF government has removed all known allowances which used to assist poor Civil Servant and yet allowances for PSs, DCs, Ministers and MPs are intact. What greedy! Shame.

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    • Who said compaining for PF and Lungu means you go to hell? Very dull indeed. Going to Hell has no connection with campaigning for Lungu. use your head to think and not your stomach via bitterness.

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    • You are going to hell if you belong to Church of Lungu. You devil worshippers who meet in the Forest Reserve with your High Priest are doomed. You will gnash your teeth in eternal hell and damnation.

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  5. This salary dependency syndrome amongst most of our civil servants is worrying. Its high time civil servants took salaries as starters for greater investments. Its common knowledge that one’s expenditure is direct proportional to their income..! Salary hikes will never make civil servants comfortable..! Financial literacy is lucking in most of our working class. Instead of getting a loan and invest into some business, most of them would buy expensive liabilities e.g cars and expect their salaries to service the cars..! If we don’t change our salary dependency mentality, we will continue working for money and eventually become destitutes after retirement..! Money will never be enough. Time to invest is now..! Have time to read a book untitled ‘Poor Dad..Rich Dad’ by Robert kiyosaki.

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    • What are you saying about salaried employees, that they should work for free and not depend on their salaries? What is the point of working then? Kiyosaki clearly acknowledges that his wealth accumulation approach worked for his rich dad while his poor real dad worked for a living. We cannot all be wealthy landlords. Somebody has to sweep the streets or issue govt permits. Somebody has to bury the dead, salute Lungu and do border control.

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  6. Its just time to reap what you sow. I like that song which says dununa reverse. The is no union in Zambia. The government needs to close this union because it making noise. Post, Watchdog are gone

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  7. Uko Enjoy the consequences of letting the illegal, violent and visionless PF of blind Edgar with his bandits like Max “noise maker” Chungu.
    UPND and HH legitimately as winners, would have and can still deal with the IMF diplomatically by considering the interest of the state.
    The last decade, the country has economically reversed into a crisis, now worse, dununa backwardness unfortunately. The civil society is now suffering hunger and poverty, imagine those who are already in endless chain of blind mediocrity with incompetent PF!
    UPND and HH is the only solution for now, not this illegally dununa reverse bandits of illogical PF. No more ‘free’ education at university, PF has scraped the funding to universities after increasing fuel by 40%#K13.
    Edgar to give the speaker power, UPND…

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  8. What is the role of the president? Kikikikikiki….

    A. To keep overtaxing the citizens
    B. To be called boss
    C. To travel all over the world
    D. To plan on how best the country can raise resources without putting pressure on the citizens

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  9. Mischievous article! It’s shocking to hear the Union say they would NOT accept this and that before they have entered negotiations with the Gov’t. It’s not the way forward. ALL Zambians have to accept the increases and lower income which will be set according to what is available in the Budget. Everyone has to tighten their belts. In FULL SUPPORT of Civil Servants, I’d urge the Gov’ts to pay all outstanding salaries and onwards pay timely to keep a happy service and to discourage corruption of Bribery on citizens. We cannot afford Strikes, which the opposition in UPND will try to do.

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    • Enjoy the consequences of letting the illegal, violent and visionless PF of blind Edgar with his bandits like Max “noise maker” Chungu.
      UPND and HH legitimately as winners, would have and can still deal with the IMF diplomatically by considering the interest of the state.
      The last decade, the country has economically reversed into a crisis, now worse, dununa backwardness unfortunately. The civil society is now suffering hunger and poverty, imagine those who are already in endless chain of blind mediocrity with incompetent PF!
      UPND and HH is the only solution for now, not this illegally dununa reverse bandits of illogical PF. No more ‘free’ education at university, PF has scraped the funding to universities after increasing fuel by 40%#K13.
      Edgar to give the speaker power.

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  10. Listen to Kenyatta he said salaries are paid monthly and on time for civil servants from Kenyan money not borrowed or grants. How this is possible is recruiting the right people in positions that matter to the country. Kenyatta is a billionaire so he does not need to steal a penny like others, this is why we needed HH as he would operate at that level

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    • Zambians wanted their fellow street survivalist in State House who will steal, skive and drink whiskey at the first opportunity. PF supporters don’t want a working govt. They just want opportunities to steal. These are hyenas on the streets and in offices.

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  11. Please don’t complain just dance dununa reverse from sunrise to sunset! Go and bask in the Northeastern Rhodesia tribalism & pick some crumbs off the table of ECL, Kimbwili, mumbi phiri, Frank Bwalya, RB et al.

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  12. I like the argument of David kayobe over missing lunch whilst working withing the District. but where was the union when this were been removed…bla…blaa…blaaa all the time

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  13. Are these not the same unions that were endorsing lungu…?….music pleas…..where is that song dununa reverse ?

    When lungu and the PF were busy dancing they were told by UPND that people will not eat songs and the PF kaponyas on this blog said UPND were jealous because they don’t have a song…..music pleas….let the kaponyas dance dununa reverse…..Dj… more music….

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  14. One of the austerity measures in Greece that finally got the attention of everyone was the wage freeze and reduction of civil service jobs.This is in order to reduce consumption and stress on the budget.This unfortunately is the hash reality of a huge wage bill which is not fiscally sustainable.

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    • But here this when they are creating more ministries just to give jobs to friends and relatives. The problem with the PF regime is that no matter how much the majority citizens opposes a proposed decision they do not listen, they go ahead to implement it.Crap!!

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  15. This is the Dununa Reverse that Zambians were warned against. Now things look that they will be tougher than they way before August 11, 2016.

    Please, let’s hold hands and dance, …

    Dununa revesi!!

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  16. The Economy for mother Zambia is terribly bad,dear citizens let us go and PRAY for the countries Economy to get better.Zambia Forward.

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  17. IF its the GOD of Abraham Isaic and Jacob theN those prayers were in vain. your vice president says people have reconcialed i wonder if again she has been misiformed about what is on the ground.

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  18. You UPND lot need to stop celebrating the coming harsh times. You are an irritation to calm sensible Zambians who want to start fixing for good roads!

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    • When you were busy dancing dununa reverse depleting GRZ funds you were warned but you kept spending and dancing….

      Music pleas…….let the PF continue dancing…..

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  19. To start with, we are not suppose to be in this situation we find ourselves in! The problems we are faced today were deliberately created by selfish PF leaders who only thought of their tummies, so don’t blame angry people who are directing their anger at Edgar! Why should people today suffer because of the stupid!ty of one Edgar Lungu. This idi0t couldn’t adhere to advice when he was given timely warnings on several occasions! Nimbwa sana c!kala uyu!

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  20. ZAMBIANS LATE SALARY PAYMENT??
    Solution; Ku Sontapo fye. Ha! ha! ha! ha!
    Ya nyonkola zo ona! Just dance to that song, – ati Dununa iye, ah ye, dununa iye, DUNUNA REVERSE!!!

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  21. Better die of hunger or have delayed salaries than to Have Shonongo as Zambian President that sold cheaply our Zambian assets! Even 2021 forget no Shonongo…never can’t!

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  22. It is not a laughing matter. Zambians we are in for worse, I can see children and families seeing the sun rise and set without meals. civil service salaries are beggarly to the core combined with delayed payments is depressing and killing of souls. This president is not working. I have always told him to take austerity measures right from his office down to mayor. cut budgets on certain components and eliminate unnecessary offices, deputy PS for what? among all the alternatives, he chose to remove subsidies on fuel, he has no clue on debilitating ripple effect this may have on Zambians. Imagery president, always rehearsing, being taught how to walk, how to stand. get real and back to work. clueless president.

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  23. The Union seem not to know your role, you only talk when water reaches your neck. Please step down and allow members with a clear view and Agenda to run the affairs of the Union. You have always failed us. What is happening to Rural hardship / Remote allowances, Settling in Allowance, Repatriation allowance and many more?

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  24. Please Revert back to paying people’s salaries early, Lusaka Water and Sewerage company brings their bills early, and they not interested to know or even try to understand that their clients are experiencing delayed salary problems .All they do is DISCONNECT THE WATER. So please bills need to be paid on time and family need to be taken care of. .. Please be good listeners and assist your people..

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  25. Zambians we warned you that the calibre of the Lungs, Mumbwe Pwiku,Flies Bwanga, Kapyango and shimbwi kambwi can not afford to run the affairs of this country. These people failed to run their own companies. Just when I you going to understand kanshi?

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  26. This government especially under the current leadership has no heart for public service workers.foolish useless

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