ACC terminates employment for several investigators and lawyers

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THE Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has terminated the employment of 13 investigators and lawyers for rejecting the revised salaries and other conditions of service.

ACC public relations manager Timothy Moono confirmed in Lusaka yesterday the termination of employment of the 13 workers.

Mr Moono said the employees rejected the new perks which were reduced following the harmonisation of salaries for Government workers.

“The Commission has, with other institutions, undergone the harmonisation and rationalisation of salaries and conditions of service as a Government institution and the process was completed last year.

“We came up with a new salary structure and allowances, but some officers were not in favour of the new conditions of service and indicated to management that if the Commission cannot revert to the old conditions of service, then they should be separated from the organisation,” Mr Moono said.

He said the Commission listened to the views of the workers and went ahead to begin the separation process.

He said the workers had been given up to March after which they would be separated from the ACC.

The workers were served with termination letters on December 10, last year.

Some inside sources informed the Times that the employees had sued the institution over the harmonisation of their salaries.

According to the new conditions of service, non-practising allowance had been scrapped while housing allowance, which was at 100 per cent, had been reduced to 30 per cent.

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