Salary talks to resume


NEGOTIATIONS for improved conditions of service for civil servants which stalled last year as a result of the wage freeze will resume this week.
Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) secretary general Cosmas Mukuka confirmed in an interview that Cabinet had written to his organisation indicating that salary talks would commence this week.
Mr Mukuka said his organisation has since called for a meeting with affiliate unions this Thursday to come up with a strategy.
The negotiations come in the wake of the directive by President Edgar Lungu for the Government to open up talks with Public Service unions.
The President made the pronouncement at the Labour Day celebrations on May 1, this year, and directed Labour and Social Security minister Fackson Shamenda and secretary to the Cabinet Roland Msiska to begin negotiations with the unions.
The wage freeze which was effected in the 2013 Budget has been a contentious issue between the Government and the unions.