Civil servants’ salary increment insignificant – FDD

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Antonio Mwanza

The salary increment that Government has awarded the civil servants is too insignificant to make any meaningful impact in the lives of workers, FDD spokesperson Antonio Mwanza has charged.

Reacting to the announcement that government and the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions have reached an agreement to increase the salaries of public service workers by between 7.4 and 9.6 percent effective January 2018, Mwanza said the increment will only worsen the already miserable standards of living for most workers and their families.

“In monetary terms, the 7% to 9% increment translates into K221 and K305 for the lowest and highest brackets respectively. With the current harsh economic conditions, owing to the high cost of living, this increment will have little to no impact at all,” Mwanza said in a ststement to Zambian Eye.

“Equally, we need to be alive to the fact that generally the salaries and conditions of service for our civil servants are quite pathetic to say the least. And with the Wage Freeze that our workers have endured in the last two years, this increment will simply worsen the already miserable standards of living for most of our workers and their families.”

Mwanza, who is also FDD deputy national secretary, noted that it is such unfavourable salaries and working conditions that dampen the morale and spirit of civil servants, resulting into lower productivity levels.

He lamented that in only politicians and thieves are enjoying in the country at the expense of hardworking individuals, a situation he says must change.

“Today, most civil servants can be classified as the working poor because their salaries cannot even meet their basic needs such as transport, decent housing, food and groceries. Our workers have becoming slaves to Kaloba. Most of our workers cannot buy cash even simple things such as a Dakanya, commonly known as a duvet. They rely on pay slow just to meet their basic needs.

“We must invest in our human resource and reward those that work hard for the betterment of this great country,” Mwanza stated.



2 Responses to Civil servants’ salary increment insignificant – FDD

  1. thats true Mr Mwanza now i wonder with Local Gornment we are always late comers in terms of salary increament so we dont nknow whats next us councils

    concerned council worker
    September 26, 2017 at 9:35 am

  2. Dats y we ddnt vote for fdd and other useless parties bcoz their level of reasoning is too shallow or simply myiopic!

    September 26, 2017 at 10:17 am

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