The Civil Servants and Allied Workers Union of Zambia (CSAWUZ) says the union and government are still on the table negotiating over the salaries and conditions of service for public service workers.
CSAWUZ General Secretary, Makayi Makayi said the two parties have not concluded negotiations in the scheduled time frame hence, they have extended the 2018 corrective agreement to March 2019 to allow for the parties to reach an agreement.
Mr. Makayi said the Union and Government wrote to the Commissioner of Labour to allow for an extension which has since been granted.
He noted that the extension of the collective agreement by the labour commissioner is in accordance with the provisions of the law in order to allow for the two parties to conclude negotiations.
The CSAWUZ SG told ZANIS in an interview that the union submitted their demands to government on salaries and other conditions of services and expects to sign a collective agreement by 31st March, 2019.
He however, could not disclose how much or the proposed percent the union is bargaining with government saying he can only disclose once the negotiations are concluded.
And Mr. Makayi has dismissed rumors that the unions has proposed a 2% salary increments saying none among the unions on the table has suggested such a percentage.
He said members of the CSAWUZ should remain calm as their union is bargaining for a better increment and improved conditions of service for them.
Mr. Makayi said his union and 11 other unions are currently on the negotiating table with government for a pay rise for its members who are public service workers.