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Various teacher Unions welcome debt swap proposal

General News Various teacher Unions welcome debt swap proposal

Various teacher Unions have welcomed the proposal by the Public Service Commission that government considers introducing a debt swap policy to lift some civil servants out of indebt.

National Union for Private and Public Educator’s (NUPPEZ) National Secretary Nelson Mwale says teachers are as some of the civil servants who are highly indebted.

Mr Mwale has told ZNBC News that some civil servants are highly indebted which has adversely affected their work.

And Mr Mwale said the Union has also applauded government for the K30 million Youth Fund that has been approved for youths across the country.

And Professional Teachers Union of Zambia (PROTUZ) General Secretary Kangwa Musenge said the move has been appreciated.

Mr Musenge said once the indebtedness is cleared this will motivate teachers.

He said the Public Service Commission must ensure that the pronouncement must be implemented as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Basic Teachers Union of Zambia (BETUZ) Spokesperson Kabika Kakunta said there is need to conduct an audit to see which teachers are owed and the level of their indebtedness.

Mr Kankunta said the majority of teachers are owed and that the debt swap will benefit their member.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. As I said on a previous similar post, this is a very logical and pragmatic approach by a progressive government like PF. Our people come first. With covid economy you need to be very innovative in dealing with challenges. Kz

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  2. At cost to the taxpayers will this initiative be? If there is to be debt swap or write off, it must be extended to every debt laden tax payer. Majority of households are indebted…

  3. We have said it time without number, when government make statements that are not only baffling but lack common sense, all comes from incompetence of a government that has run out of means to govern. Civil servants incur debts like any other worker. Employer MUST always paw wages due to employee. PF failure and inability to sustain the civil service on paying their wages when due to them is not only illegal but disgraceful. How does government take over debts of civil servants when government owe civil servants. What a bulification, yet some fool in the name of mad KZ thinks normal. Mad he is, not to see something wrong here.

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  4. I hope the unions understand wht they’re being asked to sign up for. The Finance Minister has to approve this because it amounts to government reducing its tax revenue from taxpayers to accommodate this. It’s going to be messy because govt needs every ngwee it can collect. Govt itself owes so much money to other parties.

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  5. Zambian trade unions do accept anything without giving it a thought . Why should the employer disregard contracts? The contract signed between the employee and employer is binding. The employer has to follow it to the letter. Trade Unions are existence as a source of income for officials. I remember when I was in Zambia, the union would call for a strike. However, whenever someone in the cabinet coughs, the strike would be called off immediately although the issue was not addressed. Those guys are used to the status quo.

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