The Zambia Union of Nurses Organisation (ZUNO) has expressed disappointment with the
Government ’s failure to the place all the recruited nurses on government payroll for six months now .
ZUNO President Mr. Liseli Sitali noted that the delayed salaries are demotivating the workers.
Mr Sitali said the having a motivated workforce is fundamental to efficiency especially in the health sector.
“We are wondering how the government expects the workers who have been unpaid for six
months to deliver.” Mr. Sitali questioned.
ZUNO is aware that the Ministry of Health has assured the nurses that they will be placed on the payroll this month.
However, information reaching us is that the payroll for the month of July
2017 has been closed indicating that the affected nurses will still not get their salaries next
“We have also taken not of the directive from the Minister of Health to Provincial Health Directors to avail workers who have not yet been put on payroll access salary advances. However, this directive has not yielded any fruits resulting in most of the new employees accumulating huge debts, ” He explained.
The ZUNO President has since requested the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service Management Division (PSMD) to make all necessary arrangements to sort out the problem and ensure all recently recruited health workers are put on the payroll.
ZUNO further urges government to properly plan and to take necessary precautions to prevent such incidents in the future.