-Msiska clarifies new retirement age

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Msiska clarifies new retirement age

Mporokoso, May 31, 2013, ZANIS– Secretary to the Cabinet  Roland Msiska has clarified that the new retirement age of 65 years that was recently approved by Cabinet has not yet come into effect.

Dr. Msiska says the decision by Cabinet is the first step in the process of reforming the pension system in the country.

He said following the proposed change to the retirement age from 55 to 65 years, government will have to table a Bill in Parliament for further debate.

Dr. Msiska explained that once Parliament passes the new law on retirement age it will then be sent to the President for assent.

He said it is only after presidential assent that the new law will be implemented.

The Secretary to the Cabinet was speaking in Mporokoso yesterday when he addressed civil servants in the district.

Dr. Msiska urged Zambians to debate the matter  and offer their views on the proposed new retirement age.

Meanwhile, Dr. Msiska has advised labour leaders in the country to intensify sensitization campaigns on the collective agreement signed between government and trade unions on the new conditions of service for public service workers.

He said it is saddening to note that many workers especially in rural parts of the country do not fully understand the new conditions of service offered to them by government.

Dr. Msiska said government expects union leaders to be in the forefront of explaining the new conditions of service to their members so that industrial harmony continues to prevail in the country.

Recently, government and the labour movement signed a new collective agreement on conditions of service for public service workers in the country effective September this year.